Violence spikes in Kashmir after videos inflame tension


Dar was tied to a jeep as the army moved into the village along with a convoy of jawans and some polling staff officials.

The BSF had also lost DIG OP Tanwar in an IED explosion near a forward post in Samba sector on November 16, 2009 when his vehicle was blown away by a powerful IED planted by Pakistani ultras. Admitting that situation in Kashmir valley was deteriorating, they said the authorities were apprehensive that this summer too will be "hot" like past year when mass scale protests marred the state for more than five months following Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani's death in June.

Pro-independence leaders blame India for denying the Kashmiri people the right to self-determination promised to them by the worldwide community through numerous UN Security Council resolutions. The Jammu and Kashmir police have opened a case by filing a FIR (First Information Report) against the army officer who tied Dar to the vehicle, and a spokesperson from the Ministry of Defence said that the contents of the video were being investigated.

Elaborating upon Intelligence inputs about the anticipated unrest, sources said here on Monday that the separatists and Pakistan-backed terrorist groups are trying to garner support of the local populace, including traders and students to back them by staging large-scale protests during the coming weeks.

Another, allegedly showing the killing of a 17-year old by paramilitary officers during the April 9 by-election, has roused further anger. In the video, a voice says: "This is the fate of the stone-pelter".

"This is a phenomenon that has been going on for the last 27 years", Khurram Parvez, a leading Kashmiri human rights activist jailed last year, told Reuters.

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Police in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IOK) have registered a case against Indian Army personnel for tying a Kashmiri youth to a jeep as a human shield.

There were videos showing traders and political leaders in Pulwama of South Kashmir being threatened by terrorists at gun point.

"What Farooq Ahmad Dar was subjected to is cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment amounting to torture", said Zahoor Wani, Senior Campaigner at Amnesty International India.

Militants also shot dead a lawyer affiliated with an opposition party and a former counter-insurgency commander, police said.

"We appeal to the Prime Minister of Pakistan to approach OIC, the amalgamation of 57 Islamic member states, for the economic boycott of New Delhi to put pressure on India for the solution of Jammu and Kashmir dispute".