A video circulating on social media of a man tied to the bonnet of what was believed to be an Indian Army jeep as a human shield once again raised concerns over the violation of human rights by Indian armed forces in held Kashmir.
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted the video, noting that: “A warning can be heard saying that stone pelters [in held Kashmir] will meet this fate. This requires an urgent inquiry and follow up now.”
The video footage shows a man tied to the front of the vehicle in an upright seated, hands and legs bound, as the vehicle drives through the streets blaring Indian armed forces propaganda.
Abdullah expressed his outrage at the incident in a series of tweets, exclaiming how a lack of action about the Kashmiri youth’s handling frustrated him.
“I understand the outrage the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) video generated. I’m also outraged that the video of the youth on the jeep won’t generate the same anger,” he said, referring to the reaction incited by a recent video of an Indian soldier being slapped by Kashmiri protestors which was shared widely in Indian media.
According to Indian media, the army has ordered an inquiry into the matter.
In the latest surge of violence in India-held Kashmir, at least six people were killed and more than two dozen injured on April 9, when police clashed with protesters during a by-election in Srinagar in India-held Kashmir region.
Suspected separatist factions in Kashmir had called for a boycott of the vote, resulting in heightened security and low voter turnout when the polling began.