Jammu: Army Major Leetul Gogoi, who became front-page news for tying a civilian to the bonnet of his vehicle in Badgam district last year, was detained by Jammu and Kashmir Police from a hotel with a local girl. The major was later taken to the police station from where he was handed over to his unit.
Police said that they got a call from the hotel around 11 am about an altercation at the hotel. The altercation took place after the hotel management allegedly refused to let the major and the girl stay at the hotel.
Police said that another man identified as Sameer was accompanying Gogoi and the girl. The trio was taken to the police station and questioned.
“Major Gogoi along with a local Kashmiri boy and a girl from Budgam district, where the major is also posted, reached the hotel. They had an altercation with the hotel staff at the reception as the staff didn’t allow them to stay together,” said a police official.
A probe has now been ordered by the police in the case. “A probe by SP North City (Srinagar) has been ordered in the case,” said SP Pani, a senior officer of the Jammu and Kashmir Police.
Pani added that the major’s unit was informed about the incident immediately after. In April 2017, Major Leetul Gogoi had tied a civilian Farooq Ahmad Dar of Chill-Brass village in Budgam to the bonnet of his jeep on the day of Srinagar Parliamentary elections.
So far there has been no statement from the army on the issue; however, sources say that the matter was serious and it could invite a court inquiry against the major.