General Rawat Writes Commendation Letter for Major Gogoi, Others
Major Gogoi, the officer who tied a local Kashmiri to a jeep for deterring stone-pelters, was awarded a commendation card for 'sustained efforts' on counter-insurgency operations on Monday. On Wednesday, Army Chief Bipin Rawat wrote a letter of commendation for him among other personnel.
Earlier on Monday, MP Paresh Rawal had ruffled some feathers by saying author Arundhati Roy should have been tied to the jeep.
Speaking to Times Now, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said the commendation is going to boost the soldiers’ morale.
The incident occurred on 9 April in Budgam when Farooq Ahmad Dar was used as a human shield against stone-pelters on a five-vehicle convoy.
Subsequent video footage showing Dar strapped to the jeep went viral, prompting an FIR to be filed by the Jammu and Kashmir police.
Though army sources maintained that Dar was a stone-pelter, Dar claimed that he had stepped out to cast his vote when he was picked up by jawans on his way back home.
Meanwhile, Dar seems to have little or no hope for justice. He filed a complaint against the army with the State Human Rights Commission, but does not expect much to come of it.