New Delhi, Mar 29: In April 2017, when an innocent Kashmiri voter was forcibly used as a human shield by Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi of the 53rd Rashtriya Rifles to deter stone-pelters and teach them a lesson, the world sat up and took notice, The Wire Reported.
But several people even lauded the Major for his act – defence minister Arun Jaitley had then said that in such war zones, the soldier must be allowed to act as he sees fit. Twitter was divided on whether this was a cruel tragedy or whether the major was right in using such a method to prevent any pelting incidents on the day the Lok Sabha elections were being held in Srinagar, The Report said.
In fact, as Rising Kashmir reported last year, the incident has made its way onto T-shirts that are being sold for Rs 495 on online business outlet T-Shirt Bhaiya (tshirtbhaiya.com) which was launched by Delhi BJP spokesperson Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, The Report said.
Screenshot of the page selling the T-shirt.
The incident had caused great embarrassment to the Indian army at the time as people debated the ethical and legal angle of Farooq Ahmad Dar being tied to a bonnet with a white paper glued to his chest declaring him to be a stone pelter and being paraded around various villages, The Report said.
Dar has filed a defamation suit against Bagga, something his lawyer had threatened to do last year. But the BJP spokesperson took to Twitter to declare that there’s no stopping him from selling “stone pelter guy” T-shirts, The Wire Reported.
Bagga, while defending his selling such a T-shirt for profit, also stated that he is merely “wearing one’s patriotism on one’s chest”. Talking to the Indian media, he said that the shirt was a message to the Kashmiris who are fighting for freedom, The Report said.
What’s more, the portal had also taken to Twitter last year to dedicate the T-shirt to Major Gogoi, reported a local news of Kashmir.
That tweet appears to have since been deleted, but most of the company handle’s 76 tweets are about what is among its best-selling T-shirts – the one depicting a man tied to the bonnet of a jeep which declares “Indian Army saving your a**, whether you like it or not, The Wire Reported.