Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir human rights commission today guided the state government to pay a compensation of Rs. 10 lakhs to Farooq Ahmad Dar, who was used as a “human shield” by the Army amid the Srinagar Lok Sabha bypoll.

Dar, an embroidery craftsman, was attached to a jeep by Major Leetul Gogoi, as a shield against the stone pelters who had supposedly encompassed a gathering of equipped work force.

The rights board has given the state a month and a half to pay the compensation. It has likewise requested that the chief secretary document a ‘compliance report in the matter’ inside a similar time.

The judgment went ahead an application moved by Ahsan Antoo, chairman, International Forum for Justice and Protection of Human Rights.

The compensation granted to Dar was for the “humiliation, physical and psychiatric torture, stress, wrongful restraint and confinement” that he experienced when he was attached to the bonnet of an Army vehicle to avoid stone pelters, the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) seen in its judgment.

The assurance of life and freedom of the general population is the essential obligation of the state government.

Justice (retd) Nazki said the police in its report that Dar was fixed to the Army vehicle bonnet and utilised as a human shield however watched that the commission was “handicapped” by the way that it couldn’t allude to the lead of the Army in view of the constrained materialness of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993.

Regardless of the possibility that the state government looked for the help of central forces to manage the law and order circumstance, the duty of the state government to ensure its subjects and their rights “cannot be diluted or abdicated”, Justice (retd) Nazki noted.

Not long after the occurrence, Major Gogoi was respected with a commendation card by the Army chief for “his sustained efforts in counter-insurgency operations”.

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