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Army orders probe into J&K ‘human shield’ use

The Army has ordered a Court of Inquiry (CoI) against the officer who ordered stone pelter Farooq Ahmed Dar to be tied up in front of a vehicle as a human shield in Kashmir on April 9.

The CoI has time till May 15 to determine the circumstances of the incident and submit its findings, an officer said on Thursday.

The video of Mr. Dar being tied in front of the Army vehicle in Budgam district on the eve of polling which came out last Friday had evoked sharp reactions, including from several retired military officials.

Addressing an Army commanders’ conference early this week, its chief General Bipin Rawat had said the Indian Army continued to maintain a “strong image and professional reputation,” without referring to the incident.

Several government functionaries too had defended the decision by the officer saying it saved the lives of poll officials.

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