"Stones were pelted at us from all sides, my focus was to protect the polling staff, we managed to save 12 lives," Major Gogoi said.
Army Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi, who had tied a man to a jeep in Kashmir as a shield against stone pelters during a counter insurgency operation, on Monday explained the circumstances under which he took the action. Explaining the situation, Gogoi said that he was surrounded by around 1200 people at the time of polling in the area. The Army Major added that he had received an emergecy call and when he reached the area, he saw a huge crowd gathered there. The major said that before resorting to any action, he had urged the crowd to disperse, but they did not do so. Major Gogoi revealed, ” My vehicle was stuck in mud and stone pelting had started by then; a petrol bomb was thrown at us.” Major Gogoi added, “With this idea, I saved many people’s lives.” Gogoi said that his action led to the timely rescue of a number of polling officials and others.
Gogoi’s statement about the incident came just a day after Army chief Bipin Rawat honoured Major Leetul Gogoi with the Commendation Card’ for his ‘sustained efforts’ in counter-insurgency operations. “Major Gogoi has been awarded the Chief of Army Staff’s Commendation Card for his sustained efforts in counter-insurgency operations,” Army spokesperson Col. Aman Anand had said.
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Hours ago, the Army also conducted another press briefing and said that another that locations aiding infiltration of terrorists are being targeted and destroyed by India. “Army has inflicted damage to post across LoC in Naushera sector in response to firing by Pak,” Major General Ashok Narula, ADGPI Army, said. The Army further accused the Pakistani army of aiding armed infiltrators along the line of control (LoC).
The Army spokesperson said that there is a likelihood of an increase in cross-border infiltration in recent weeks. “Pakistan Army has been providing support to armed infiltrators,” Narula said. “An increase in infiltration activities is speculated due to the opening of passes and melting of snow (Baraf pighalne se aur passes ke khulne se infiltration ke badhne ki aashanka hai),” he added.
Meanwhile, news agency ANI has also released a video showing Army’s retaliation against Pakistani posts
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The video showing the man, identified as Farooq Ahmad Dar, being used as a human shield had triggered a controversy. However, a section of media and army also supported Army Major for his ‘presence of mind’ and the best possible action under the given circumstances.