Human Shield Case: Assault by forces has impacted Dar's health: Report

Human Shield Case: Assault by forces has impacted Dar's health: Report

Six months after Farooq, an artisan by profession, was tied to the bonnet of the army jeep by Major LeetulGogoi, he has been unable to work and earn a living.

The medical report of Farooq Ahmad Dar, who was used as human shield by the army on the day of the by-polls, has revealed that ‘the physical assault by the forces has impacted his health.’

A copy of the medical report compiled by the doctors at SMHS hospital reads, “As per the statement of the patient (Farooq) he was beaten with sticks and assaulted rifles for about 20 minutes and was then tied to the bonnet of the vehicle that had an impact on his head, left shoulder, chest, back, left forearm, left hand with wrist and left lower limb.”

The patient, the medical report reads, “also gave history of loss of consciousness for about 20 -25 minutes after the assault. (The) patient also gave history of two episodes of vomiting which contained ingested food. There is also a history of mouth bleeding and nightmares.”

Farooq, according to the doctors, didn’t have any significant past medical/surgical history, “There is no history of diabetes, mellitus, hypertension and jaundice, ATT intake and bleeding disorder.”

 Psychiatric consultation of the patient was also done for features of anxiety/stress and he was diagnosed of “acute stress disorder”

Six months after Farooq, an artisan by profession, was tied to the bonnet of the army jeep by Major LeetulGogoi, he has been unable to work and earn a living.

Couple of days ago, Farooq helped his brother in his household chores and he broke his wrist. “Since army men beat me up and tied me to the jeep, my body has become so weak that I cannot work at all. Some days ago I broke my wrist while helping my brother. This incident has not only given me mental trauma, but also weakened me physically,” Farooq said.

Pertinently, the State Human Rights Commission while asking the government to pay Rs 10 lakh compensation to Farooq had observed, “ I have no doubt  in my mind Farooq Ahmad Dar was subjected to torture and humiliation, besides being wrongly confined. It is medically also established that Farooq Ahmad did not suffer only humiliation publicly, but also faced a trauma which resulted in psychiatric stress which may remain with him for rest of his life.”