Youth says Geelani video recorded at gun-point in 2008

Days after being shown on various television channels accusing the Hurriyat (G) chief Syed Ali Geelani of offering money to stone pelters, a local youth on Thursday said he was tortured by forces to record the said statement in 2008.
Youth says Geelani video recorded at gun-point in 2008
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Days after being shown on various television channels accusing the Hurriyat (G) chief Syed Ali Geelani of offering money to stone pelters, a local youth on Thursday said he was tortured by forces to record the said statement in 2008.

Bilal Ahmad Dar son of Ghulam Rasool of Noorbagh narrated to Greater Kashmir how the video was recorded.

"In 2008, I was student of class 10 and also doing part time job in a private hospital. I have never been part of any protest or stone pelting," he said.

He added that in 2008 he was sitting pillion while his friend Farooq Ahmad was riding Dar's bike. 

"Clashes were going on and paramilitary CRPF men were chasing people at Veer Chattabal. As we reached near CRPF men, they stopped us and started beating us. My friend succeeded in fleeing the scene leaving me and my bike behind," he claimed.

He added that he was dragged by the CRPF personnel from Veer to Chattabal Chowk where forces unlocked their guns and pointed at him.

"They started camera and asked me to accuse Geelani Sahib of paying me for pelting stones. I declined but was beaten ruthlessly. I received injuries and they put salt and chilli powder on my wounds, forcing me to make the video statement as dictated by them," he alleged.

He added that it was after "torture and at gun point that I made such a statement in 2008."

Speaking about the video, he said: "I was weeping and told the CRPF men to kill me. These words are also present in the video but the TV channels who telecast the video clip blurred my eyes, just to hide that I am weeping. You can see in that video clip that my clothes are torn as I was severely beaten (by CRPF)," he said. 

He said after making the video, the CRPF handed him over to local police while terming him a stone pelter.

"Police took me to hospital for treatment and also filed a case against me for stone pelting. Later, the court acquitted me in that case," he said.

"The video made at gun point in 2008 is now being used as the video of 2016. I deny what I was forced to say at gun point," Dar said, adding that presently he is working as a tailor.

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