Exemplary punishment to Major Gogoi if found guilty: Army Chief

Gen Bipin Rawat

New Delhi, May 25: Army Chief Bipin Rawat on Friday said exemplary punishment would be given to Major Leetul Gogoi if he was found guilty of being involved in any kind of offence.

If anyone in Indian Army, at any rank, does any wrong and it comes to our notice then strictest action will be taken. If Major Gogoi has done something wrong then I can say that he will be given due punishment & the punishment will be such that it will set an example news agency ANI quoted the Army Chief as saying.

Speaking on Ceasefire, he stated ‘We suspended operations to show ppl atmosphere of peace & I believe ppl are happy, if things continue in a similar way we can say that continuing of NICO (Non-Initiation of Combat Operations) can be thought of, but if terrorist activities continue we cannot do so”.

Gogoi, the Rashtriya Rifles officer gained limelight after tying a Kashmiri civilian to the front of his jeep to perceptibly prevent stone-pelting attacks, was detained by the police on Wednesday in circumstances that are still unclear.

Along with the Major, a woman and a local man was also detained. The woman was initially suspected to be a minor but the police later confirmed she was over 18 years of age. They, however, did not share details on her age.

As per the police, they were summoned to Grand Mamta Hotel, where Gogoi had booked a room in his own name (the booking had been done online). The two locals came to the hotel and asked to go up to Gogoi’s room and got into an altercation with the hotel staff when they were not allowed. The hotel staff called the police.

Gogoi has been released and has rejoined his unit, police said, adding that the two locals were still being questioned.


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