Indian Army At Low : Video Goes Viral , Protester Tied To Army Jeep 'For Defence' In Jammu And Kashmir
This young man was TIED to the front of an army jeep to make sure no stones were thrown at the jeep? This is just so shocking!!!
A young man is tied to an army jeep that proceeds in convoy in a widely-shared video from Kashmir that's sparked anger. The man was a protester who had been used as a shield against his stone-throwing comrades on the day of the violence - hit at Srinagar by-election, the military claims.
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was among the many Twitter users who responded with indignation.
"This young man was TIED to the front of an army jeep to be sure no stones were thrown at the jeep? This is merely so shocking!" Omar Abdullah tweeted.
Many videos had emerged since April 9, when by-polls were held for the Srinagar parliamentary constituency on social media. The military says this video was filmed when a bunch of polling officers trying to escape a polling station faced a mob of stone-throwers.
An Army Quick Reaction Team was called into aid the group. As the crowd apparently swelled ominously in size, an organization of 15 army men directed with a young officer appeared to be outnumbered, the sources say.
"They were sure to be lynched there since the crowd size increased and opening fire would have resulted in a blood bath. To defend themselves, the Business Commander caught hold of a protestor and tied him to his jeep," sources said.
The polling and army officers apparently then left the area safely without any more stone throwing, and the protester was handed over to the police.
Eight people died, and almost 100 were injured in unprecedented violence during the Srinagar by-polls held in the shadow of threats and also a boycott call by separatists. EVMs or Electronic Voting Machines were burnt and damaged, and the voters' turnout was the worst in 30 years.
An earlier video that went viral online revealed a mob smacking and kicking a jawan of the Central Reserve Police Force or CRPF, who keeps walking without reacting to any provocation.
"The ruffians are identified and will also be proceeded against. I respect the patience of the jawans. Any armed force of the world might have reacted together with the utilization of force in such high provocation," SP Vaid, top Jammu, and Kashmir police officer, told NDTV.
"If they'd opened fire and lost their cool, so many would have lost their lives...parents would have lost their kids."