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Face of ‘human shield’ row moves rights body against award to Major Gogoi

SNS | New Delhi |

The Kashmiri man who was tied to an Army jeep as a human shield has lodged a complaint with the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) against the commendation of Major Leetul Gogoi.

Farooq Ahmed Dar has labelled the award to Major Gogoi as ‘illegal’ in his complaint to the human rights body.

The 26-year-old Dar, believed to be one of the stone- pelters, was tied to the bonnet of an Indian Army jeep and paraded down the streets through a stone-pelting crowd by Major Gogoi during the Srinagar parliamentary seat by-election on 9 April. The video of the incident was widely circulated and created quite a controversy with many condemning the act.

The Kashmir police registered an FIR against the Major for human rights violation and investigation was ordered.

While the investigation was still on against Major Gogoi, the Indian Army honoured him with the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) commendation for his “sustained efforts in counter-insurgency operations”.