Video of Kashmir protester used as human shield sparks outrage

National Conference chief and former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah

The newspaper report said the video shows the army jeep moving ahead of an army patrol, while some villagers could be overheard that the youth had been picked by the army.

The Army said it is investigating the video which was shot near a Beerwah village, "In reference to the video showing a young man tied to an army jeep, the contents of the video are being verified and investigated", a Srinagar-based defence spokesman said.

He took the decision after he realized that his unit had to pass a street, crowded by hordes of stone-pelters, who had also occupied positions on rooftops.

In another case also on Sunday, a video shared by Kashmiri pro-independence leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on his Twitter account, showed Indian security forces brutally torturing a Kashmiri youth.

'I request the Government of India and the President to dismiss the present state government and impose Governor's rule in J& K. Even the by-poll for Anantnag seat should be held under the Governor's rule, ' Abdullah said.

The jeep to which the protester is tied to appears to be part of an Indian Army convoy that seems to be passing through a sensitive area.

Some colleges were forced to close. #Kashmir,"Abdullah tweeted. "A warning can be heard (in the video) saying stone pelters will meet this fate".

In another video, a group of youth can be seen pelting stones on security forces at a polling booth in Beerwah.

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Human rights group Amnesty International called the incident "unlawful and unacceptable".

"This is not the first human shield case".

Another, allegedly showing the killing of a 17-year old by paramilitary officers during the April 9 by-election, has roused further anger.

The YouTube account containing the earliest known upload of the video to public social media was contacted by RT.

After a video of the incident went viral this week, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had sought a detailed report from the state police.

Kashmir has been in a phase of unrest since past year when Indian security forces killed Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. Eight people were killed in violence that day in Budgam, the district where Dar lives, and violent unrest was reported throughout the region.

Police have filed a case against the army over the incident, which has been used by militants and activists as a reminder of alleged human rights abuse by Indian security forces.

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