April 2017 News

Outrage In Kashmir As Videos Of Youth Tied Up With Army Vehicle, CRPF Men Shooting Boy Dead Go Viral

14 April 2017
The New Indian Express
Fayaz Wani

Srinagar: With the internet services restored in the Valley, three videos filmed during bypolls to Srinagar parliamentary seat on Sunday have gone viral and caused outrage across the Valley. In one of video, a youth is tied in front of an army vehicle as a human shield while in second video a young boy is being shot dead by paramilitary CRPF men during minor clashes. In the third video, a CRPF man is being manhandled by a group of youth but he quietly walks away. All the videos are from central Kashmir's Budgam district, where eight people were killed and over 100 injured in security forces firing on protestors during bypolls to Srinagar parliamentary seat on Sunday. A video in which a youth was tied to a moving army jeep as a human shield against stone pelting has gone viral on social media sites in Valley since yesterday, when internet ban was lifted. In the video, which has apparently been shot in Beerwah area of Budgam on Sunday when polling took place in Central Kashmir, the youth is tied in front of an army vehicle, which is moving in front of a convoy of vehicles. Besides, an announcement is being made that the stone pelters will meet the same fate. Defence spokesman in Srinagar Colonel Rajesh Kalia said the contents of the video are being verified and investigated. The video has caused outrage with former Chief Minister and opposition National Conference working president Omar Abdullah demanding an inquiry. Posting picture and video on his twitter account, Omar said, 'This young man was tied to front of an army jeep to make sure no stones were thrown at the jeep. This is just so shocking'. 'Let's see channels going ballistic and having discussions with outraged panelists now. Probably not since 'Kashmir is ours' hell with Kashmiris,' he said. 'I understand the outrage the CRPF video generated. I am also outraged that the video of the youth on the jeep won't generate the same anger,' Omar said. He was referring to the video that has also gone viral in which a group of youth are manhandling the CRPF jawan. In the video, a boy pushes CRPF man in the head and another kicks the helmet being carried by the jawan in his hand. The youth were chanting anti-India slogans, hurling invectives and getting physical with the CRPF man, who quietly left the place. In another video, the CRPF men taking cover behind a wall are shown firing directly on youngsters from a close distance during minor clashes near a polling booth. A boy was hit by bullet in head. His motionless body was later carried by others. The incident might have taken place on April 10 when polling was taking place in Budgam. Jammu and Kashmir's police chief S P Vaid told New Indian Express that police has seen the video and examining the content. 'Police has registered an FIR and taken up investigation. Necessary action warranted under law would be taken against those involved,' he said. J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has expressed anguish and concern over surfacing of videos. Terming the display of acts in the videos as unacceptable, Mehbooba asked the police to submit a detailed report about these incidents to her so that necessary action is initiated. The bypolls to Srinagar Lok Sabha seat witnessed record lowest of 7.13 per cent polling. It was the lowest polling percentage in the seat in last three decades. After the low voter turnout and poll violence, the Election Commission postponed bypolls to Anantnag parliamentary seat in South Kashmir to May 25. The bypolls for the seat were to be held on April 12.