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.