Human Shield Row: Accused Army man given clean chit

The Court of Inquiry (CoI) which was convened by the Army has given a clean chit to the Army Major who was accused of tying a Kashmiri man to the bonnet of a jeep as a “human shield”, a media report said today.

“No action has been recommended against the Major,  a source said, ‘Court martial is out of the question, not even disciplinary action was recommended against the officer’,” India Today reported.

The army major had reportedly come up with the idea to escape stone-pelting mobs during the by-election to Srinagar.

A video of the incident was uploaded by former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on his Twitter profile, generating massive outrage and international condemnation.

Subsequently, an FIR was filed by J&K Police into the incident, allegedly involving a Major from 53 Rashtriya Rifles and the Army had initiated a Court of Inquiry into the matter on April 15.

However, the court of Inquiry today gave a clean chit to the accused Army Major.

“Highly placed sources say that the inquiry has given a clean chit to the major in question – Nitin Gogoi. MAIL TODAY quoting a source said that “contrary to the hue and cry generated by the clipping on social media, senior army officers had appreciated the presence of mind of the officer to avoid casualties or injuries”. 

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