Army’s Court Orders Action Against Major Gogoi

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Srinagar: The Army’s Court of Inquiry (CoI) into the incident where Major Leetul Gogoi was seen with a local Kashmiri woman in a Srinagar hotel on May 23, has indicted the controversial Army officer.

The CoI has ordered disciplinary action against the major. Sources said the court has held him accountable for fraternizing with a local woman despite instructions to the contrary. Gogoi has also been found accountable for being away from the place of duty while in an operational area.

On May 23, Major Gogoi, along with a local Kashmir woman and one Sameer Ahmed, who was also in the Army, were questioned at a police station in Srinagar following an altercation at Hotel Grand Mamta after the staff refused to let the woman in. Last year, Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat had supported Major Gogoi for tying a civilian to the bonnet of his jeep and using him as a human shield during violence in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

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