Last week, a video showing a man tied to an army jeep, allegedly as a human shield against stone-pelters in Kashmir, went viral, causing much outrage on the social media. Battle lines have been drawn with many defending the incident, while others calling the visuals a proof of the Indian Army’s excesses in the Valley.
The video of the man identified as Farooq Dar has triggered civil and army authorities to launch separate investigations. On Sunday, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat apprised National Security Advisor Ajit Doval of the security situation in Kashmir after the viral video surfaced on the internet.
Amidst the growing outrage, one of Army’s own – retired Lieutenant General HS Panag – took to twitter to condemn the move of using a civilian as a shield against stone-pelters.
Image of a 'stone pelter' tied in front of a jeep as a 'human shield',will 4 ever haunt the Indian Army&the nation!— Lt Gen H S Panag(R) (@rwac48) April 15, 2017
The retired army man’s words were met with strong criticism on social media, with singer Abhijeet branding him a “Pak supporter” for his opinion. His tweet, in turn, provoked a strong reply from the retired General.
Panag’s reaction provoked known names such as Mohandas Pai, Ashoke Pandit and army veterans to accuse him of backing the ISI’s ‘campaign’. Some others came out to argue against the army using force against civilians in the valley.
General Panag Finds Support
Criticism of Panag’s opinion did not go down well with many, who supported the army veteran’s view.
Extremely anguished and distressed at the language being used for an admirable soldier like @rwac48 : disagree but don't be disagreeable!— SUHEL SETH (@suhelseth) April 16, 2017
So now patriotism means cursing a retd army officer & wishing he be humiliated. How can one be an artist with so much venom inside? https://t.co/nXzUR4OBQw— Ruhi Tewari (@RuhiTewari) April 16, 2017