Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Friday said the "failure" of the previous Omar Abdullah government to deal with the issue of stone-pelting led to the unrest in the Valley past year and the situation there at present.
"For some reason, this recent image from Beerwah, Kashmir of a "human shield", a young man strapped to the bonnet of an army jeep (ahead of a Mine Protected Vehicle, if you watch the full video) is really, really disturbing". This is just so shocking!' the state's former chief minister and opposition leader Omar Abdullah posted on Twitter.
International Human Rights activist and Chairperson of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) Khurram Parvez compared the Indian army's act of tying the youth with that of the Israeli army's actions in Palestine.
But if the image of the youth tied to the Army jeep is a fleeting glimpse into the AFSPA's already expansive powers and misuse, then we wonder what happens when there are no FIRs, no accountability whatsoever, just "security" at gunpoint. "What to do after seeing these videos", reads a quote from a tweet of a Kashmiri boy Wasim Dar. It is being widely shared on social networks in Kashmir. The internet had been down since April 9, following the deadly violence that left eight civilians dead after security forces opened fire.
The video generated anger and outrage on social media.
The first video belongs to some area in Budgam district which was shot by the polling staff, whereas the second video was shot in Gundipora, Beerwah area also in Budgam district. She expressed concern and anguish over the surfacing of the videos.
Video clips, which went viral, showed a group of youths heckling and even pushing the troopers as they wound their way.
Omar Abdullah, the NC working president and former CM, said took to twitter and said: "Here's the video as well". Whoever wants Azadi LEAVE NOW!
On seeing the video, cricketers Gautam Gambir and Virender Sehwag tweeted in support of the CRPF personnel.
Rebels in Indian-administered Kashmir have demanded either independence or a union with Pakistan for decades.
The Indian Army resorted to killing more than 80 people and injuring thousands of innocent protesters.
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