Army not cooperating in human shield probe

The High Court Thursday was informed by State police that army was not cooperating in the investigation of human shield case.

According to the police report, several attempts were made to communicate to Company Commander of 53 Army unit to provide nominal roll of army men involved in human shield case, no response has been received so far.
The police investigation has revealed that Farooq Ahmad Dar, a shawl weaver, was heading towards his home from Gampora village when he was picked up by army men in Utligam village, Beerwah in central Kashmir’s Budgam district during bypolls to Srinagar parliamentary seat on April 9 this year.

“He had gone to attend a condolence meeting at a relative’s house and was accompanied by his neighborHilal Ahmad Magray, who is one of the witnesses in the case,” police report states.
It further discloses that Farooq had gone to cast his vote at polling booth at his village.
According to police, Dar was picked up by army while stone pelting was going on in the area.
“He was taken as a human shield under threat. The army men kept him under wrongful confinement and paraded him in many villages,” the police report states.
Army had tied Farooq with the bonnet of their vehicle and paraded him in over a dozen villages of Beerwah to prevent stone pelting.
“The investigation is going on. The probe will be concluded on merits after receiving reports from District Election Officer Beerwah, Coy Commander 53RR unit and expert opinion from Forensic Science La Chandigarh with regard to video clip of the victim, which had gone viral,” reads the police report.
It states that 11 witnesses have recorded their statements so far.