Indian army major who tied Kashmiri man to jeep awarded military honour

Published: May 22, 2017


An Indian army major who tied a Kashmiri youth to the bonnet of a jeep as a ‘human shield’ against stone-pelting protesters has bee awarded a military honour, The Times of India reported.

“Major Gogoi has been awarded Chief of Army Staff’s Commendation Card for sustained efforts in counter-insurgency operations,” army spokesperson Aman Anand said.

The officer was awarded by Indian Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat during his recent visit to the held Kashmir.

Earlier today, veteran Bollywood actor and lawmaker Paresh Rawal caused outrage after saying author and activist Arundhati Roy should be tied to an army jeep and used as a human shield.

Indian actor Paresh Rawal proposes using Arundhati Roy as human shield

Major Gogoi of the 53 Rashtriya Rifles was in the spotlight after a video, shot during the April 9 Srinagar Lok Sabha by-poll and posted on social media, showed a man tied on the bonnet of an army jeep in Badgam. The video went viral and drew anger and condemnation.

An investigation by the police, which lodged an FIR against the security forces in light of the incident, revealed that Gogoi had tied the man to the jeep’s bonnet as a human shield.

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A Court of Inquiry instituted against the major has yet to hand in a report on its findings.

Last week, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley had expressed his support for Gogoi’s actions and said it was the officer’s responsibility to save the lives of those involved in the by-election that day as well as the crowd that had gathered.

Taking notice of the inhuman incident, former Chief Minister of Indian-held Kashmir, Omar Abdullah expressed his shock on Twitter. “This young man was TIED to the front of an army jeep to make sure no stones were thrown at the jeep? This is just so shocking!!!!,” he said while sharing the video:

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Saif Khan
    May 22, 2017 - 10:43PM

    United nations is sleepingRecommend

  • Mir Masjidi
    May 23, 2017 - 4:10AM

    @Saif Khan:
    They have been in coma for a longtime now.Recommend

  • MJ-Sid
    May 23, 2017 - 4:36AM

    Indian major reaping benefit of the training received by years of coaching from Israeli military consultants in Kashmir. Recommend

  • subbarao.juvvala
    May 23, 2017 - 4:58AM

    people of both the nations I&P throw mud on each other instead of finding the ways to bring about the normalcy in the region. Intellectuals, the heads of parties and the security forces sit together and think about normal life.Recommend

  • TSS
    May 23, 2017 - 9:28AM

    Not shocked ! Wonder why there isn’t any Indian comment on this story !Recommend

  • LOL
    May 23, 2017 - 10:42AM

    using human shields has been a matter of shame and considered cowardice since ancient times till today in all cultures, all countries.
    in india though, it is honored. what a country.Recommend

  • MAz
    May 25, 2017 - 8:55PM

    Most Indians are happy that this happened – they don’t give even one paisa of care if every single Kashmiri died screaming . most Indians would sleep peacefully and might even cheer. India has given up on Kashmiris – now it is just an excuse that they are waiting for to “elimiate” the problem called Kashmiris . Recommend

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