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Kashmir human shield: A year of insomnia and depression for Farooq Dar

A year after an army officer tied him to the front of a military jeep and drove him ar

er protestors throwing stones at soldiers.

“I will never ever vote ag

ound a cluster of hostile villages as a human shield, the Kashmiri artisan Farooq Ahmad Dar is still haunted by the horror of it.

“That incident still haunts me. I still get goosebumps when I see soldiers. My nights are nightmares since that day. I have become an insomniac, and depressed,”

The 27-year-old artisan was returning after having cast his vote, for the first time in his life, during the Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary constituency election when Major Leetul Gogoi of Indian Army’s 53 Rashtriya Rifles from Beerwah, Budgam camp ordered him tied to the bonnet of a jeep as a human shield to detain,” Dar says.

The horrified young man was driven around about 28 villages before being allowed home.

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