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Soldier killed in accidental firing incident in Poonch

Video grab Soldier killed in accidental firing incident in Poonch
Melinda Barton | 20 April, 2017, 06:16

The Jammu and Kashmir police have opened a case by filing a FIR (First Information Report) against the army officer who tied Dar to the vehicle, and a spokesperson from the Ministry of Defence said that the contents of the video were being investigated.

Police have filed a case against the army over the incident, in which soldiers are accused of seizing a 24-year old shawl weaver on April 9, strapping him to the front of their vehicle and then parading him through villages.

The protests began in Indian-controlled Kashmir's main city of Srinagar after hundreds of college students took to the streets to protest a police raid in a college in southern Pulwama town on Saturday, in which at least 50 students were injured. Some colleges were forced to close.

Over the weekend, another video, allegedly showing the killing of a 17-year-old by paramilitary officers, circulated on social media rousing further anger.

India accuses Pakistan of backing separatist fighters - a charge Islamabad denies.

The Kashmir valley plunged into chaos soon after a separatist militant, Burhan Wani, was killed by Indian forces in July previous year.

Army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Rajesh Kalia said the video's authenticity was being ascertained, Reuters reported.

The man later identified as Farooq Ahmad Dar claimed he was picked up on his way to a relative's house after casting his vote. A soldier can be heard saying, "This will be the fate of people who throw stones".

The worldwide human rights watchdog Amnesty global India on April 15 said that the two recent videos (on social networking sites) from Jammu and Kashmir appearing to show the use of torture and excessive force by security forces must lead to the prosecution in civilian courts of those suspected to be responsible.

"It is a well-established truth that we have been used as human shields for the last 30 years", Ghulam Mohammad Lone, a resident of Beerwah, told Anadolu Agency. The shocking video has been widely shared on social media and started a debate about inhumane treatment at the hands of the Indian army - although the government has actually come out in support of the army's shocking tactic.

As the using of human shields is considered a war crime under the Geneva Convention, the attorney general's support for using human shields in Kashmir is a clear call for the violation of global law.

With mobs coming out on the streets in the districts of Srinagar, Kupwara, Pulwama, Kulgam and Anantnag nearly daily to protest against alleged atrocities by the security forces, the local Army Commanders are redrawing their strategy to deal with the unrest, officials said here.

On 16 April, the office of the Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir told police personnel to "preferably avoid visiting their homes for the next few months".