‘Human shield’ fame Major Gogoi found guilty in Srinagar hotel case

SRINAGAR: A court of inquiry (CoI) was ordered on Monday against an Army Major who was seen with a local woman in a Srinagar hotel on May 23.

Army sources said the inquiry was ordered against Major Leetul Gogoi on charges of fraternizing with a local woman despite instructions to the contrary and leaving his place of posting without his senior’s permission.

“Army has ordered a Court of Inquiry against Major Gogoi of 53 Rashtriya Rifles regarding an incident that occurred on May 23. If found guilty, appropriate action would be taken against him,” Defence Ministry spokesman, Col Rajesh Kalia told IANS.

Major Gogoi was questioned by police after he was caught while trying to check-in a Srinagar hotel with a Kashmiri girl and a male who works for the Army on May 23.

Major Gogoi hit the headlines in April 2017 when he tied a 26-year-old youth Farooq Ahmad Dar, an artisan to the bonnet of his military vehicle as ‘as human shield’ to deter stone pelters from attacking his vehicle.