Farooq Dar- Last time ‘Human Shield’ today performed Election Duties

The State Human Rights Commission had awarded Rs 10 lakh compensation to Dar but the state government refused to pay up.

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Only Kashmir News Desk
Srinagar, April 18 (Only Kashmir): Farooq Dar used as a ‘human shield’ by the government forces when Srinagar voted in a Lok Sabha bypoll in 2017, today performed election duty in Budgam district of Kashmir.
Nearly two years ago, Farooq Ahmed Dar was used as a ‘human shield’ to ensure safe passage for army personnel as they came under intense stone-pelting. In 2017, a picture of Dar tied to the bonnet of an army jeep splashed across the front pages of local, national and international newspaper, invoking sharp reactions from different quarters.
“Farooq Ahmad Dar is working on consolidated terms as sweeper in the Health Department. He has been posted on election duty,” said Budgam Chief Medical Officer Nazir Ahmad.
“I almost lost my son due to voting two years ago. Do you think we will go to vote again?” The 65-year-old mother of Dar said.
“His thumb has been damaged after he was tied to the jeep by army people. Now he cannot work on shawls,” she said.
The State Human Rights Commission had awarded Rs 10 lakh compensation to Dar but the state government refused to pay up.
“We have not got any help from the Government. (Then chief minister) Mehbooba Mufti did not honour the ruling of the SHRC,” Fazi Begum said.
She has now pinned hopes on the court where the case is under consideration.
Inputs: PTI