NEW DELHI: The Army has initiated a formal court of inquiry into the case of a Kashmiri citizen being tied up to a military jeep to serve as a “human shield” for a convoy that consisted of elections officials in the valley earlier this month.
Sources said the court of inquiry was ordered after a preliminary probe found that a video which had gone viral, depicting the man being paraded through a village was genuine and concerned a Rashtriya Rifles (RR) unit in the valley.
The Major under whose instructions the “human shield” was used, told senior Army officials during the probe that he ran out of options after being faced with a situation in which he was tasked to rescue a polling team from a stone pelting mob.
Though the army is clear that such actions cannot become a standing operating procedure for dealing with similar situations in the valley, the gravity of the situation he faced has been appreciated. Read more