Video of Kashmiri youth tied to Indian Army jeep as ‘warning to stone pelters’ sparks outrage

MAMOSA Report — Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted a video of a man tied to the bonnet of what was believed to be an Indian Army jeep as a human shield raising concerns over the violation of human rights by Indian armed forces in held Kashmir.

“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,” Abdullah tweeted along with the video which has said to have gone viral.

The video footage shows a Kashmiri youth tied to the front of the vehicle in an upright seated position with hands and legs bound, as the security forces’ vehicle drives through the streets blaring Indian armed forces warnings to youth-pelters.

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!!!,” Abdullah further tweeted.

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 protesters which was shared widely in Indian media.

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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 eight 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 leading to curfew-like restrictions in the neighborhoods.

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. According to reports Srinagar voter turnout was slightly over 7 percent. In Budgam district, out of 35,000 voters, only 710 votes were cast at all 38 polling stations.

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