Commenting on the recent incident of army tying a man in Kashmir to the front of a military jeep as a “human shield, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on Tuesday wondered why there is “so much noise” over it.
The government’s chief legal adviser told NDTV that one cannot criticise army sitting in AC rooms and said the army is doing a “great job”.
The recent report about a stone pelter tied to an Army vehicle, it helped contain stone pelters and saved the poll officials. Why so much noise. Everyday people are dying. It’s a surcharged atmosphere. The Army is dealing with terrorists not with protestors, so they will have to be dealt with...everyone should look at the Army with pride, they are doing a great jobMukul Rohatgi, Attorney general
Rohatgi also said the armed forces were working under tremendous pressure and exercising great restraint.
“He (the major) should not be criticised. The army should be applauded. They are guarding our northern and north-eastern frontiers admirably,” Rohatgi said in a statement.
They are a trained force responsible for their actions. Military operations cannot be subject of such discussions on social mediaMukul Rohatgi, Attorney general
In the video, which was filmed on 9 April, a young man was seen tied with a rope to the front of the army jeep and paraded through the village for hours. A note pinned on the youth Farooq Dar’s chest allegedly warned people that this “would be the fate of stone pelters”.
The Jammu and Kashmir police have filed a First Information Report or FIR against the Army for the incident after a video went viral, drawing huge criticism.
Meanwhile, Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Monday called for efforts to reinforce the “strong image” of the forces.