Web Desk — In a surprising move, Indian Army on Monday announced that the Major who tied a Kashmiri to a military vehicle as a warning against stone-pelters has been awarded a commendation by Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat.
The Army Chief’s decision comes even as the Court of Inquiry (CoI) against Major Leetul Gogoi continues and in the face of intense criticism of the action from various sections including many within the Army.
“Major Leetul Gogoi has been awarded COAS Commendation Card for sustained efforts in Counter Insurgency (CI) operations,” Army sources said on Monday.
On April 9, on election eve, a civilian Farooq Ahmed Dar was tied up in front of a SUV as a human shield in Budgam district which drew sharp criticism. However the Government had defended the action and the Army ordered a Court of Inquiry (CoI) to determine the circumstances of the incident.
“Image of a ‘stone pelter’ tied in front of a jeep as a ‘human shield’, will forever haunt the Indian Army & the nation,” Lt Gen HS Panag, former Northern Commander had tweeted after the incident came to light.