Web Desk (24 News): The Kashmiri man who was seen being tied to an Indian Army jeep and paraded across many villages in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) has been identified and has revealed his grueling ordeal, 24 News HD reports.
According to a foreign news agency, the man was identified as Farooq Ahmed Dar, a tailor from Beerwah in Indian Occupied Kashmir. He said that he was on his way to cast a vote in the farcical elections currently being held in IOK when he was picked up, beaten and then tied up to the front of an Indian Army jeep by occupying forces.
I had lost all hope for my life, and only had faith in Allah for survival.
His mud clad pheran (Kashmiri dress) had been completely torn apart, and his arm was heavily bandaged from being dragged around like an animal by the occupying forces. He said that it was around 9:30 am when he was returning from casting his vote and had to attend a chaaliswaan in another village where a relative had died in clashes with occupying forces as he was picked up by soldiers belonging to the Indian Army’s 53 Rashtriya Rifles regiment.
They took my voter ID Card and they began to beat me. They then told me to keep my mouth shut. Then they started tying me to the hood of their jeep. They told me that if I tried to speak to anyone on the way, I would be shot dead.
Farooq said that it was nothing less than a nightmare to be treated with such indignity, and said that even though he knew many of the people gathered around when he was being paraded, he could not ask any one for help lest he would get shot.
For five hours and 15 minutes, from 11 am to 4.15 pm, I was tied to the army jeep and was driven through different villages, for about 27 kilometres.
Farooq further said that even though his sentiments towards the occupation were not pleasant, he had never participated in any subversive activity, not even stone pelting.
I will never participate in stone pelting. I live with my aged mother, and am the sole bread earner of the family. If they kill me, who would take care of my mother?
Farooq suffered many internal injuries due to the harassment of the Indian occupying forces. He said that even though his skin is intact, he could feel internal pain and believes he has numerous internal injuries.
I cannot walk properly, probably because of internal injuries.
It was later discovered that Farooq had suffered a broken ankle and a dislocated wrist. When Farooq’s mother was asked if she would pursue legal action, she responded by saying that it would be useless, as there is no law for Kashmiri’s.
Hum ghareeb log hain, humari kon sunay ga? Meray betay ko bhi ye log baqiyon ki tarhan maar dein gain.
(We are poor, who would listen to our plea? These soldiers will simply kill my son just like so many others as well.)
A soldier’s voice can be heard in the viral video stating: “Pathar Baazon ka aisa haal hoga.” (Stone pelters will meet the same fate.)
The incident has generated massive criticism from Pakistani leaders and human rights commissions as well, citing many other proven instances of Indian occupying forces using civilians as ‘Human Shields’.
The Indian occupying forces have been using the most brutal measures of oppression in order to silence the demands for Kashmiri Independence. Srinagar based Human Rights Activist Khurram Pervez has termed the incident of using civilians as Human Shields in IOK a routine practice.
The farcical election campaign was India’s latest attempt to offer some sort of legitimacy to its illegal rule in Kashmir, but the events have backfired in a major way.
The postponement of polling on Sunday, and the record low turnout of 2% after rescheduling on Wednesday solidify the fact regarding the failure of Indian political maneuvers in the valley.
As per a statement by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), the Kashmiri’s have twice rejected India in the last month.