Army orders court of inquiry

| | New Delhi

The Army has ordered a court of inquiry into the incident in which a man was tied in front of a jeep as a human shield allegedly by the Army to ward off stone throwers on April 9 in Budgam district of South Kashmir. The inquiry will be held in Srinagar and the officers conducting the probe were asked to submit the findings within a month.

The incident, which was captured on video and went viral, took place in Budgam. Sources said a Major rank officer was allegedly involved in it.  He reportedly ordered that the young man, who was allegedly nabbed throwing stones at security forces and a poll conducting party, be tied in front of an Army jeep to prevent mobs from pelting stones on the party. Earlier, the Army had an in house investigation to ascertain the facts and decided on Thursday to go in for a court of inquiry, sources said here.

While several political parties condemned the reported high-handedness of the Army, officials have so far maintained that the Major showed presence of mind and took this initiative after receiving a call that a poll party and accompanying security men were getting hit by stones. 

The officer rushed into safely escort the team out of the area, sources said adding mobs were standing on rooftops to prevent security forces from assisting in peaceful conduct of the polls. The Major brought out the entire team safely without resorting to force and prevented the already volatile situation from getting worse, they claimed.



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