In 2017, a huge uproar and global outrage was witnessed after one Farooq Ahmad Dar was tied in front of an army jeep Kashmir to use him as a “human shield” ahead of a violent mob out to lynch the men in uniform. From West Bengal to Washington, human rights activist came out in unison to condemn what they described as “sheer violation of human rights by military in Kashmir,” regardless of the fact that the army’s not so courteous move in face of inevitable threat saved several lives.
From declaring India as an occupational entity in Kashmir to equating India’s professional army with militants, the human rights vanguards spared no words. Amnesty international went on to the extent of terming the move as “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment amounting to torture”.
Major Gogoi, the officer on duty who reportedly called the Human shield decision, was maligned globally. From the hue and cry raised by human rights activist, it seemed like the Indian Army was caught committing a genocide in Kashmir, when in fact all the soldiers did was to avoid mass killing of their own on duty personnel, through a disparate measure.
Fast forward four years, Anurag Poddar, an unknown common young man of India, shot down in Munger, Bihar. His crime? He being a Hindu excersised his religious freedom in secular India by participating in a Durga idol immersion procession.
The eye witnesses say, police violently cracked down on the procession for taking “too much time,” and also open fired. Poddar fell to one of such bullets, fired allegedly by the police. In several videos from the incident, making rounds on social media, one can presume see the ferocity of the police crackdown without much difficulty. Such ferocity that we rarely see even in riot like situation these days.
Couple of days have passed since, we are yet to come across any human rights activist demanding justice for Anurag Poddar or calling for punishments of the cops. We are yet to see any human rights activist terming Munger incident, a “massacre” or even a “violation of human rights.” Should we then suppose that what happened in Munger, was perfectly within the ambit of human rights, according to its self styled vanguards?
Rounds of bullets were fired. Police blames “anti social” elements. But eye witnesses are unanimously blaming the police for firing. Will those who cry over pellet in Kashmir, remain silent over bullet in Munger?
Those who defend Naxals, blame central police forces in “red corridor” and sympathize with Kashmiri terrorists like Burhan Wani in the name of Human rights, will they remain silent and further expose their own hypocrisy and bias? Was Anurag Poddar not human enough to have rights? Asks Munger.