Kashmir: The man tied on the bonnet of the Army jeep has been identified has farooq Dar, while the army unit involved in the act was 53 Rashtriya Rifles investigating the matter on the instructions of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said Dar is a resident of Shitaharaan village in Khag tehsil of Budgam of central Kashmir.
The video, in which a man is seen tied to an army jeep, allegedly as a human shield against against stone-pelting, and which had gone viral on social media, creating an outrage in the valley, forcing the authorities and the army to investigate the matter. During the investigation, Dar said he was out to cast his vote and later visit his sister's house, where a bereavement had taken place, to offer condolences.
Dar, after exercising his right to vote he was on his way to meet his sister when he was caught by the army personnel who wanted to enter Beerwah village along the polling staff, the officials said. Dar was tied to a jeep as the army moved into the village along with a convoy filled jawans and some polling staff, they said.
He claims to be released after he was paraded in 10 to 12 villages, the official said. Sources in the army, which has promised an inquiry, claimed that Das was picked up from a "trouble spot" and was tied up for barely 100 meters before being released.
They say that the unit involved in the act was 53 RR. The Rashtriya Rifles was carved out from various units of the army for fighting militancy in Jammu and Kashmir.