Indian army’s Major Leetul Gogoi, who shot to notoriety for using a Kashmiri youth as a human shield, has been punished with a reduction of seniority by six months after he was found with a Kashmiri girl in a hotel last year.
This was after the controversial army officer was found guilty of serious misconduct by the Indian Army’s Court of Inquiry (CoI) last year. The CoI had held him accountable for ‘fraternising with locals in spite of instructions to the contrary and for being away from the place of duty while in operational area.’
A report by The Indian Express said that Gogoi’s loss of seniority had been ratified by senior army authorities.
Also facing the punishment is his driver, Sameer Malla, who too faced charges of unauthorised absence from the unit. Malla, according to a PTI report, may face a severe reprimand.’ Malla was recruited in the Territorial Army in 2017 and he was posted with 53 sector of Rashtriya Rifles, a counter-insurgency force fighting militancy in Jammu and Kashmir.
Major Gogoi was widely hailed by the right-wing Indian media as a hero after he paraded an innocent Kashmiri Muslim by tying him to his military jeep in 2017. Gogoi became an instant hero understandably because the victim in this case was a Kashmiri Muslim and the act suited the agenda of the champions of India’s fake nationalists.
Barring a few media houses such as The Indian Express, no one had cared to highlight the 26-year-old Farooq Ahmed Dar’s version that he was on his way to attend a funeral in the family when he was picked up and tied to the army jeep. Dar’s brother, Fayaz Ahmad, had told DNA newspaper that the former had even cast his vote in the Srinagar by-elections the same day before he left to attend the condolence meeting of a relative when he was picked up by Gogoi and tied to the bonnet of their jeep to keep stone throwers at bay.
Despite facing public humiliation, Dar had decided not to file a complaint highlighting his poverty-stricken background and lack of hope of justice as a reason.