Kashmiri ‘Human Shield’ Was Instigating Stone-Pelters: Major Gogoi
Major Leetul Gogoi, the man who tied a Kashmiri man to a jeep as a ‘human shield’, was awarded for his “sustained efforts on counter-insurgency operations” by Army Chief Bipin Rawat on Monday.
He spoke about what led to the incident, the video which went viral last month and sparked controversy, in an exclusive interview to NewsX.
Major Gogoi said he saved lives with his action in Budgam on the day of the bypoll. He said there were 58 polling booths under him and he received a distress call from two of them in a span of a few hours about stone-pelters disrupting the election process.
He said that tying Farooq Ahmed Dar deterred people from throwing stones for a while.
Officials inside the polling booths were crying as they were worried and had placed the distress calls, Gogoi said.
Major Gogoi said he didn’t anticipate that the video of his operation would go viral on the internet and would cause such an uproar.
On his response to Omar Abdullah and other politicians who condemned the incident, Gogoi said:
Major Gogoi’s version directly contradicts the claims of human shield victim Farooq Ahmed Dar. After the incident came to light, Dar told the media that he had gone to cast his vote at the polling booth when he was picked up by the Army to be paraded around the streets.
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