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Rajnath Singh to examine video of youth tied to a moving army vehicle in Kashmir

Kolkata: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said he would look into the issue of a video showing a man tied to an army jeep, purportedly to be used as a human shield against stone-pelters in Kashmir, which has gone viral.

He said he had no information on the video as of now, but said, "Whatever has happened, we will look into it."

Rajnath Singh. AFP

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. AFP

The video showed a man tied to an army jeep, purportedly to be used as a human shield against stone-pelters, in the Beerwah area of Budgam district on 9 April.

Singh said, "I have already asked for filing an FIR on the incident (of) CRPF jawans (being heckled) while carrying electronic voting machines."

In that video, a CRPF man on polling duty was seen being heckled by protesters in the Chadoora area of Budgam district.

Another video shows a stone-pelting protester being shot dead from close range by security force personnel outside a polling station in Kashmir.

Lauding the security forces in the troubled state, Singh said no one should try to demean their role.

"We should not demean the role of the security forces. Whenever there is a situation in the Valley, the security
personnel risk their lives to save the people of Kashmir," he said while replying to a query about a section of politicians blaming the army for violence in the Valley.

Singh said the low polling percentage in the recent by-poll in Kashmir was a matter of concern and added that
"something would be done to improve the situation".

"It is a matter of concern of course, but we will do something to improve the situation," he said.

Only a two percent turnout was recorded in the repolling held at 38 polling stations of the Srinagar Lok Sabha
constituency making it the lowest registered percentage in the state's electoral history, said an Election Commission official.

However, the overall polling percentage in the entire constituency now stood at 7.13, they said.

The repolling was necessitated due to large-scale violence during last Sunday's polling in the Srinagar Lok
Sabha seat.

Updated Date: Apr 14, 2017 21:17 PM

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