Army Orders Against Officer Over Row Involving Kashmiri Woman

NEW DELHI: The army has ordered disciplinary action against Major Leetul Gogoi, who was detained by the police in Srinagar after a row in a hotel involving a Kashmiri woman.

An army court of inquiry has held Major Gogoi guilty of “fraternising with a local in spite of instructions to the contrary and being away from the place of duty while in operational area.”

Major Gogoi was detained in May. According to reports, he had checked into a hotel after a room was booked online for him. He got into a fight with the hotel staff when a woman came, apparently to meet him, but wasn’t allowed to go to the room.

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”.

Major Gogoi had been backed by the army amid a major row last year when he tied a Kashmiri man to his jeep as a “human shield” during by-polls.

After the incident in May, Army Chief Bipin Rawat had promised “strictest action” if anyone in the army did any wrong.

“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 on a visit to Srinagar.

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