Video footage showing a young man tied to the front of an army vehicle being paraded in a village located in central Kashmir’s Budgam district went viral last week over social media. A Hindi-speaker is heard in the background saying, “Stone throwers will meet a similar fate.”
An army spokesperson, Colonel Rajesh Kalia, said in a statement, “The contents of the video are being verified and investigated.”
Internet services including the broadband connections in Kashmir were shut down the night before the by-elections on April 9, and resumed on April 13, after which the videos started surfacing online, reported the Economic Times. The area was the scene of violent demonstrations last weekend as Indian police and paramilitary forces clashed with protesters. During the unrest, the government forces killed eight civilians and injured more than 150 others, also obstructing the polling in the region.
A 7.14 voter turnout was recorded initially but the re-poll at 38 polling stations later showed a mere 2 percent voter turnout. “Only 709 of the 34,169 voters exercised their franchise across all the 38 polling stations by the time the polling ended at 4 pm,” an election official told the Hindustan Times Thursday.