By not casting their votes, Farooq Ahmad Dar and his mother registered their protest against the harassment and humiliation meted out to him by Army Major Leetul Gogoi, said a relative.
Army Major Meetul Gogoi, who was involved in human shield row, now gets reportedly caught with minor girl in J-K hotel
Gogoi had booked a room for two persons for a night online, and showed up at the Grand Mamta Hotel in Srinagar around 10 am with a local girl aged 16-17, sources said.
On April 9, 2017, a team led by Major Gogoi tied Dar to the bonnet of an Army jeep to escape heavy stone pelting in central Kashmir's Budgam district, the image going on to make global headlines.
Farooq Ahmed Dar, the "human shield" was tied to an Army jeep and taken around the Srinagar parliamentary constituency during the bypoll on April 9.
Farooq Ahmad Dar, an embroidery artisan, was tied to a bonnet of an army vehicle by Army Major Leetul Gogoi on April 9 and paraded in over a dozen villages to prevent stone pelting.
He also dismisses criticism that the Army is trigger-happy, but says the level of violence in Jammu and Kashmir needs to be brought down for any meaningful dialogue with stakeholders.
The complaint was filed by a Bhubaneswar-based activist, who alleged that the Army had violated the law by tying a man to a jeep and using him as a "human shield" against stonepelting in JK.
Human shield issue: Dirty war in Kashmir has to be fought with innovative ways, says Army chief General Bipin Rawat
Gen Rawat said that as the Army chief, it was his duty to lift the morale of the army personnel in Jammu and Kashmir and he did it by awarding Major Gogoi.