Army Court of Inquiry indicts Major Gogoi in Srinagar hotel case

NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR: Maj Leetul Gogoi, who was at centre of the human shield controversy, has been indicted by an Army court for “fraternising” with a woman, paving way for initiation of disciplinary action against him, Army officials said today.

The report of the court of inquiry, headed by an officer of the rank of Brigadier, had been submitted earlier this month in which Major Gogoi has been charged with “fraternising” with a local in spite of instructions to the contrary and “being away from the place of duty while in operational area”, they said.

Police had detained Gogoi on May 23 following an altercation when he was allegedly trying to enter a Srinagar hotel with an 18-year-old woman. He was briefly detained by the police and later handed over to Army authorities.

Maj Gogoi, who had used Farooq Ahmed Dar, an artisan, as a human shield during Parliamentary by-elections in April 2017 by tying him to the bonnet of his vehicle, will now face summary of evidence before court martial proceedings are initiated against him, the officials said. (AGENCIES)