Will Take Exemplary Action Against Major Gogoi If He’s Guilty: Army Chief

Army Chief Vipin Rawat said that “strictest action would be taken” if anyone in the army did any wrong.

His statement referred to Major Leetul Gogoi who was detained by the police in Srinagar after a row in a hotel involving a Kashmiri woman.

Major Gogoi courted a nation-wide controversy with the April 2017 ‘human shield’ incident. Later he was honoured for his quick thinking during Srinagar Lok Sabha by-elections where he tied a civilian to his jeep allegedly in order to keep stone pelters at bay.

“If anyone in the Indian Army, at any rank, does any wrong and it comes to our notice, then strictest action will be taken. If Major Gogoi has done something wrong then I can say that he will be given due punishment and the punishment will be such that it will set an example,” said the Army Chief, who was on a visit to Srinagar.

After his detention on Wednesday, Major Gogoi was handed over to his army unit. A senior police officer was asked to investigate what happened.

A report by news agency Press Trust of India said the army officer, along with his driver and a woman had approached the front desk to check in but was told that he could not go to his room with the woman because she was a local resident. The officer told the police he had come for a “source meeting”.
Inspector General of Police S.P.Pani has ordered a probe into the incident to be conducted by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by the Superintendent of Police (North) Srinagar.