On Friday, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said that if Major Leetul Gogoi who was detained along with a woman and a local man on Wednesday in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir found guilty of violating rules after the Rashtriya Rifles officer then he will be given “exemplary punishment”.
Gen Rawat said, “If anyone in the Indian Army, at any rank, does any wrong and it comes to our notice then strict action will be taken against him.”
While visiting the Army Goodwill School, Gen said, “If Major Gogoi has done anything wrong I assure you that soon he will be punished and I will give such punishment that it will become a precedent.”
General Rawat visited south Kashmir with formation commanders to review the situation since the unilateral ceasefire announced by the Centre.
The local police detained Gogoi seeing his involvement in a row with the staff of a hotel. In the hotel, he had booked a room in his name online in Srinagar. The women and an army staff reached hotel and asked to go to the room of Gogoi and when they were not given permission, they got into a quarrel. Later, Gogoi was handed over to his unit in Budgam and the woman was went back to her parents. Her statement was recorded infront of a magistrate.
A senior police officer of Jammu and Kashmir told that “the probe is still on and no conclusion has been reached so far”. He said after initiating an inquiry of the incident.
Gogoi made headlines in April last year due to violation of massive human right. He tied a Kashmiri civilian to the front of his jeep to prevent the stone-pelters from targeting his convoy during the by-elections for the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat.
General Rawat awarded Gogoi a testimonial for his “sustained efforts” on counter-insurgency operations.
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