Major Leetul Gogoi Of Shameful Tying-Kashmiri-Civilian-To-Jeep Fame Punished By Army For ‘Fraternising’ With Local
Following a court martial, he was reportedly punished with six months’ loss of seniority.
Major Leetul Gogoi, the army officer, who had tied a civilian to his jeep to act as a human shield, has lost six months seniority after he was found trying to check-in at a Srinagar hotel with a local girl.
Sushant Singh reported in The Indian Express that Gogoi was accompanied by territorial army soldier Sameer Malla during the incident. The latter was also punished by a court-martial.
The report adds that on May 23, 2018, Major Gogoi was detained by police, after an altercation with hotel staff, when he tried to allegedly enter the hotel with an 18-year-old Kashmiri woman.
Reportedly, the woman was not willing to depose during the court-martial proceeding and had informed army authorities that her statement recorded before a magistrate should be treated as her final stand. She had stated she got in touch with the Major through his fake Facebook profile, where he had named himself as Ubaid Arman.
IE reported, citing sources, that the court martial proceedings against the army man had been completed and his punishment has been ratified by higher army authorities.
The court martial had found Major Gogoi guilty of “fraternising” with a local in violation of official orders on the subject and for “being away from the place of duty while in the operational area.”
Earlier, Major Gogoi had sparked outrage when he tied a local Kashmiri man to the front of his military jeep as a ‘human shield’ in Budgam district, during the 2017 Srinagar bypoll.
Despite fierce condemnation, both nationally and internationally, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat had defended the human rights violation and awarded Major Gogoi the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) commendation card for the act, IE reported.
However, eventually in 2018 when the Major Gogoi was found with a local woman in a Srinagar hotel, General Rawat had reportedly said that “if any officer of the Indian Army is found guilty of any offence, we will take strictest possible action.”