After a video of soldiers dragging a dead Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militant by chains tethered to his legs went viral in the Kashmir Valley,South Western Command chief Lt Gen. Cherish Mathson justified the act, saying, “Terrorists tie IEDs ( improvised explosive devices) and grenades around their bodies and there is a threat to army men if they pick up the body.”
The people in Kashmir has been accusing army of human right violations and this act was criticised in the Valley.The army, which is bearing the brunt of human rights violations in the Kashmir Valley, issued a statement on the latest incident.
“Terrorists tie IEDs ( improvised explosive devices) and grenades around their bodies and there is a threat to army men if they pick up the body. It is a drill of the army to drag the body with ropes to save themselves from activated IEDs or other explosives,” Mathson said on the sidelines of a press conference on Haifa Day celebrations.
Haifa Day is celebrated to mark the liberation of the Haifa city during the World War I by the Allied Forces.
The Indian Army commemorates September 23 every year as Haifa Day to pay its respects to the Indian soldiers who were part of the 15th Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade in that operation.
The incident took place in southwest Kashmir’s Reasi district when soldiers and policemen gunned down 3 militants in Dhirti village of the district.