The court of inquiry convened by Indian army in held Kashmir has given a ‘clean chit’ to the officer who tied a civilian to an army jeep’s bonnet.
A video showing a Kashmiri youth being used as a human shield by the Indian army in held-Kashmir, had surfaced online last month.
The clip showed a young man tied in front of an army vehicle in what seemed to be an apparent attempt to shield the Indian army from protesters. In the background, an army soldier could be heard saying: “Those who throw stones will meet the same fate.”
“Court martial is out of the question. Not even disciplinary action was recommended against the officer,” a source told the publication.
“Contrary to the hue and cry generated by the clipping on social media, senior army officers had appreciated the presence of mind of the officer to avoid casualties or injuries.”
Police and the Indian army routinely complain that civilians assist militants during clashes with armed forces, a frequent occurrence in the divided and volatile state.
An armed rebellion that started in the region in 1989 has left tens of thousands, mostly civilians, dead.