'Human shield' Farooq Ahmad Dar to be compensated Rs 10 lakh

Farooq Ahmad Dar was tied to a jeep to ward off stone pelters
Farooq Ahmad Dar was tied to a jeep to ward off stone pelters

The Jammu and Kashmir human rights commission yesterday directed the state government to pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to Farooq Ahmad Dar, who was used as a "human shield" by the Army during the Srinagar Lok Sabha bypoll.

The compensation awarded to Dar was for the "humiliation, physical and psychiatric torture, stress, wrongful restraint and confinement" that he underwent when he was tied to the bonnet of an Army vehicle to ward off stone pelters, the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) observed in its judgment.

"I have no doubt in my mind that Farooq Ahmad was subjected to torture and humiliation, besides (being) wrongly confined," the judgment issued by SHRC chairperson Justice (retired) Bilal Nazki said. He observed that the action led to trauma, resulting in psychiatric stress "which may remain with him for the rest of his life".

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The Indian Army yesterday rejected Pakistan military's claim of killing four Indian soldiers during cross-border firing yesterday, saying it had not suffered any casualties this month.

The Indian Army has not suffered any casualty in the month of July the Army spokesperson said.

Rs 10 lakh
The amount the J&K govt will have to pay to Dar

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