Man tied to jeep: Army convenes Court of Inquiry

The CoI will be headed by an officer of the rank of Colonel and the report is expected to be submitted by May 15.

Written by Sushant Singh | New Delhi | Published:April 21, 2017 6:06 am
kashmir, kashmir human shield, kashmir human shield army inquiry, kashmir man tied to jeep inquiry, army human shield inquiry, india news, indian express, latest news The April 9 incident, which occurred in Budgam, involved troops from 53 Rashtriya Rifles who tied up Farooq Ahmad Dar on their jeep’s bonnet as a “human shield”.

The Army has convened a Court of Inquiry (CoI) into an incident during the Srinagar bypoll of April 9, when a civilian was tied to an Army jeep’s bonnet and paraded. The CoI follows a preliminary investigation by the Army after a video of the incident was posted by former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah on Twitter last week.

Sources in the Army told The Indian Express that the CoI had been convened on April 15, two days after an FIR was filed by J&K Police into the incident allegedly involving a Major from 53 Rashtriya Rifles. The CoI will be headed by an officer of the rank of Colonel and the report is expected to be submitted by May 15.

An Army official clarified that convening the CoI is not an indictment of the officer and may not necessarily lead to disciplinary action. “It is a fact-finding mission which will speak to witnesses and look at evidence available and recommend a course of action. Appropriate authorities will then take a call on how to proceed,” the official said.

The CoI is a routine procedure in the Army and is convened to ascertain facts and circumstances of an incident. After the findings of the inquiry are submitted, the Army authorities decide to proceed according to the CoI’s recommendations. The April 9 incident, which occurred in Budgam, involved troops from 53 Rashtriya Rifles who tied up Farooq Ahmad Dar on their jeep’s bonnet as a “human shield”. The jeep, the video showed, was the leading vehicle of a convoy.

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    Jayanand Rao
    Apr 21, 2017 at 3:54 pm
    Should the army waste its time and resources on the issue. Had it not been done the army would have reported the case of martyrdom of 3to 4 jawans who were st ed.
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    ARUN HEBBARE
    Apr 21, 2017 at 11:32 am
    And also inquiries into the lynching of the security personnel by the stone pelters.
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    ARUN HEBBARE
    Apr 21, 2017 at 11:30 am
    And we would want inquiry about all the hurriyat leaders who are covertly hand in gloves with jihadis to take advantage of the situation and mislead kashmiri youth from coming into the main stream of India.
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    ARUN HEBBARE
    Apr 21, 2017 at 11:29 am
    While my heart goes out to the plight of the person used as the human shield, he should be proud that he helped in saving lives of a lot of people that day. Let the army carry out the inquiry that led to the incident and bring out facts. We are also interested to know if it was to insult kashmiris or to protect their lives...
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