The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) expresses its deep outrage over reports of a Kashmiri youth being tied on a jeep belonging to central security forces ostensibly to be used as a shield against stone-pelters. The 26 year old Farooq Ahmad Dar is reported in media to have said that he has never been a stone pelter and works on embroidering Kashmiri shawls.
Though the J&K Chief Minister has announced an enquiry, those responsible for this outrage of parading a Kashmiri youth tied to a jeep through 8-10 villages must be made accountable and punished.
This incident followed the anger evoked over a video that went viral on social media showing stone-pelters heckling and attacking a CRPF personnel who was discharging election duties. The CRPF has since filed a police complaint and three Kashmiri youth have been arrested.