Human shield row: Civilian, tied to jeep, files complaint against Major Gogoi
Farooq Ahmed Dar has filed a complaint in the state Human Rights Commission.
Farooq Ahmed Dar, who was tied to the bonnet of a jeep by Major Leetul Gogoi, has filed a complaint in the state Human Rights Commission, Jammu and Kashmir against the latter’s recommendation for a Commendation Card by the Indian Army.
Major Gogoi, who had tied up Dar as a shield to prevent a mob from attacking Election Commission staff in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam, was awarded Chief of Army Staff’s (COAS) Commendation Card for his sustained distinguished service in counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir.
The decision was hailed by many, while some of the political parties condemned the Indian Army’s decision.
“I do not want to comment on the army. But the army personnel that were trapped would have been killed if not been rescued by Major Gogoi. We should never forget that he saved lives of 19 people. And the Opposition who is raising questions, I would like to ask them to explain why they are silent over Lt Ummer Fayaz incident. This is kind of a dual mindset. It is not right to keep silent over the martyrdom of patriotic people and killings of innocent ones,” Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
Few political parties were left irked, citing that Gogoi’s measures against stone-pelters would only aggravate the situation in the Valley.
“Army must not react this way. We should be sensitive towards the people of Jammu and Kashmir. This kind of action will further deteriorate the situation in the state,” Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D Raja said.
The Congress party cornered Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said, “The army officials are also getting influenced by the working pattern of the Modi government. Modi government should not introduce the element of politics in the Indian Army.”
The women wing of Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (NC) also carried out protests against this move.
Major Gogoi was in the spotlight after a video shot during the April 9 Srinagar Lok Sabha by-polls, posted on the social media, showing Dar tied on the bonnet of an Army jeep.
Defending his action, Gogoi told the media, “I have not fired a bullet, not beaten up anyone... there was no collateral damage. From my point of view, I have not violated anything... We are here to help the people. The army is here for common people, against those with weapons and those who fight against nation.”