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Human shield case: J&K govt told to pay Farooq Ahmad Dar Rs 10 lakh

The Jammu and Kashmir human rights commission has directed the state government to pay Dar. The judgement, however, is recommendatory in nature and will need the approval of the state government. Photograph: (DNA)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 10, 2017, 12.19 PM (IST)

The Jammu and Kashmir human rights commission has directed the state government to pay Farooq Ahmad Dar -- who was used as a "human shield" by the Army -- Rs 10 lakh in compensation. 

Dar, an embroidery artisan, had been tied to an army jeep by Major Leetul Gogoi during the Srinagar Lok Sabha bypoll. 

Gogoi had said he had been surrounded by stone pelters at the time and that he had used Dar as a human shield to deter the pelters and evacuate his men to safety. 

Shortly after the incident, Gogoi had received a commendation card from the Army chief. 

'I have no doubt in my mind that Farooq Ahmad was subjected to torture and humiliation, besides (being) wrongly confined,' the judgement issued by SHRC chairperson Justice (retired) Bilal Nazki stated
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"I have no doubt in my mind that Farooq Ahmad was subjected to torture and humiliation, besides (being) wrongly confined," PTI quoted the judgement issued by SHRC chairperson Justice (retired) Bilal Nazki as stating.

"For the humiliation, physical and psychiatric torture, stress, wrongful restraint and confinement, the commission thinks it appropriate to direct the state government to pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the victim," the order added.

The commission has directed the J&K government to comply with its direction within six weeks.

The judgement however is recommendatory in nature and will need the approval of the state government. 

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The central government meanwhile has reacted unfavourably to the news. 

ANI reported minister of information and broadcasting Venkaiah Naidu as saying that there was "no question of compensation to people who pelt stones". 

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