Army takes note of lat­est ‘atroc­ity’ tape

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Nation -

THE VIDEO AL­LEGEDLY SHOWS SOL­DIERS STEPPING ON THE BOD­IES OF LASHKAR MIL­I­TANTS ABU ISMAIL AND HIS AS­SO­CIATE ABU KASIM

SRINAGAR: Days af­ter a video footage show­ing In­dian army sol­diers stepping on bod­ies of two mil­i­tants in Kash­mir, army on Satur­day said it has taken cog­nizance and promised “suitable ac­tion”.

The video pur­port­edly shows sol­diers stepping on the faces of the bod­ies of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) mil­i­tants Abu Ismail and his as­so­ciate, Abu Kasim, who were killed in an en­counter ear­lier this week but no of­fi­cial has yet com­mented as to who are the mil­i­tants in the video.

Videos of al­leged atroc­i­ties and hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions of Kash­miris have dom­i­nated the nar­ra­tive this year in the strife­torn Val­ley.

In April, a video emerged of a group of Kash­miri youth heck­ling CRPF jawans re­turn­ing from duty on the day of Srinagar by-polls on April 9 and re­sulted in a na­tional out­rage.

What fol­lowed was a tor­rent of videos show­ing se­cu­rity forces com­mit­ting atroc­i­ties and hu­man rights ex­cesses on civil­ians, in­clud­ing us­ing a “hu­man shield” by the army and the tar­geted shoot­ing of a teenage stone pel­ter on the day of the by-poll.

Ac­tivists in Kash­mir say that such acts are of­fen­sive ac­cord­ing to in­ter­na­tional pro­to­cols on armed con­flicts. HTC

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