Major Nitin Gogoi, who had tied a Kashmiri youth to the front of a jeep as a human shield to thwart stone pelters in the Valley, has been awarded the Army Chief’s Commendation Card, PTI reported. Army Chief Bipin Rawat awarded Major Gogoi with the commendation card on Monday for his “sustained efforts” in counter-insurgency operations, according to a PTI report. The Army Chief’s Commendation Card has come just a week after the Indian Army had denied in its Court of Inquiry that Major Gogoi had been given any sort of clean chit in the case, Indian Express reported.
“Major Gogoi has been awarded Chief of Army Staff’s Commendation Card for sustained efforts in counter-insurgency operations,” Army spokesperson Aman Anand has said.
Sources told PTI that Major Gogoi was given the award during Gen Rawat’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir last week. The Army Chief’s ‘Commendation Card’ is considered a prestigious award and is given for distinguished service and devotion to duties.
Earlier, a video shot on the 9th of April, 2017, had shown a man named Farooq Ahmad Dar tied to the front of an army jeep with a placard in Jammu and Kashmir’s Badgam. The video, which had originated on Twitter had gone viral on other social media platforms too. A FIR had been registered by the Jammu and Kashmir police in the case. The Army itself had constituted a court of inquiry on the incident on April 15, 2017, but the inquiry report is still pending.
Clashes between the security forces and Kashmiri stone pelters were happening on a regular basis then. Earlier this year, another video of Kashmiri youth punching and kicking Indian security forces had also gone viral. In the said video, jawans were seen returning from an operation, when they were kicked and harassed by Kashmiri youth on the street. The jawans in the concerned video, though, had shown complete restraint despite carrying weapons with them.