SRINAGAR: A video of a youth tied to the front of a moving army jeep as a shield to avoid stone pelting has evoked anger and shock among Kashmiris, including former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.
Omar, who is also MLA Beerwah, posted the photographs and a video of the incident on his Twitter account, and called for an “urgent inquiry”.
“This young man was TIED to the front of an army jeep to make sure no stones were thrown at the jeep? This is just so shocking!,” Omar tweeted.
With internet services restored in Kashmir Valley on Thursday night after Sunday’s deadly violence that led to the death of eight civilians in firing by security forces, many videos have emerged on social media sites on Friday.
Commenting on the video, Wasim Dar, a Kashmiri youth, posted on Twitter: “A boy killed from point blank range and another boy tied to the army jeep. What to do after seeing these videos.”
Another Twitter handle said the army’s actions were “dehumanising a whole population to cultivate total submission”.
“The strategy, that has recoiled back, spectacularly,” ProjectKashmir tweeted.
However, some twitter users defended the army’s act and said it helped to avoid the stone pelting.
“Find a pelter, tie him up, let his pelter brothers scratch their heads. What’s not to love? Should’ve thought of this since beginning,” said a tweet from “FrustratedIndian”.
Responding to a tweet from Tavleen Singh who asked him to “also tweet the video of armed CRPF jawans not responding violently despite abuse from Kashmiri boys”, Omar wrote: “You are going to use that video (youth showing CRPF men heckling) to justify this action. So we should expect no better from the army than from stone pelters?”
Responding to the “outrage” among India over the “CRPF video”, Omar said: “I understand the outrage the CRPF video generated. I’m also outraged that the video of the youth on the jeep won’t generate the same anger.”
“Let’s see channels going ballistic &having discussions with outraged panelists now. Probably not since “Kashmir is ours” hell with Kashmiris.”