April 2017 News

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi Backs Army's Stint Of Tying Kashmiri To Jeep

17 April 2017
India Today
Anusha Soni

New Delhi: After much controversy around the picture and video of a Kashmiri civilian being tied to a jeep and used as human shield against stone pelters, the top law officer of the government has defended the security forces move in Jammu and Kashmir. Attorney general Mukul Rohatgi, defending the security forces told India Today TV that 'peculiar situations require peculiar measures'. He further argued that it was the best move to ensure no lives were lost as there was heavy stone pelting. Recently former Chief Minister of J&K and National Conference Party President Omar Abdullah had tweeted a picture which led to the army initiating an enquiry into the matter. 'If you talk about this specific case (of a man being tied to a jeep) several hundred people surrounded the polling booth which had about twenty people. These were officials from Election Commission, J&K Police and other security personnel. If hundreds of people surround a polling booth, God knows what will happen,' said Rohatgi. When questioned on the legality and various restrictions under the international convention, Rohatgi added 'Booth and elections are a symbol of democracy. In this situation an SOS was sent to the army, a major was also sent. The move was the best way to diffuse the situation.' The man who was seen tied to the army jeep has been identified as Farooq Dar. He has refuted to be part of any stone pelting and said he was in fact out to cast his vote. Dar was tied to a jeep as the army moved into the village along with a convoy of jawans and some polling staff officials.