Shocking revelation by Kashmiri man who was tied to army jeep

It was a sunny Sunday morning in Kashmir’s Beerwah region. The morning chill had just dissipated in the sunshine and Farooq Ahmad Dar was on his way to his sister’s house as there had been a death in the house.

The 26-year-old had spent his morning queuing up outside a polling booth in Arizal’s Chill Bras area for the Srinagar Lok Sabha bypolls, defying a separatist boycott call that contributed to the lowest turnout in almost three decades.

But within minutes, Dar says his life was turned upside down. He claims he was pulled from his motorcycle by army personnel, tied to the front of a jeep and driven around from village to village for hours – a purported video of which has gone viral on social media and triggered nationwide outrage.

Dar says he has bruises on his body from the army’s apparent thrashing but appears more affected by the trauma of the alleged incident.

“I was tied up at 10 in the morning and taken off the jeep at around 5.30. God knows how many kilometers they travelled with me tied in the front,’’ he tells HT, pointing at a torn phiran muddied with many stains.

“All this while, I thought I would be killed.”
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