The Army officer has been detained by the J&K police at a Srinagar hotel supposedly along with a Kashmiri woman who was supposed to go to his room, but wasn’t allowed to
The Hush Post: A distinguished Army officer posted in J&K Major Leetul Gogoi is known to many.The officer had triggered a major row last year when he tied a civilian to the bonnet of his vehicle reportedly to ensure that crowds don’t throw stones at polling staff he was escorting to safety. He was awarded the Army Chief of Army Staff Commendation Card for the same.
On Wednesday, he was detained by the J&K police at a Srinagar hotel supposedly alongwith a Kashmiri woman who was supposed to go to his room, but wasn’t allowed to.
A senior police officer has been ordered to conduct an inquiry . The circumstances of Major Gogoi’s detention aren’t clear yet.
According to one version, a room was booked online for him at a hotel near Srinagar’s famed Dal Lake and he had checked into the hotel on Wednesday morning.
A report by news agency PTI said the army officer, along with his driver and a woman, had approached the front desk of the hotel to check-in but was told that he could not go to his room with the woman because she was a local resident. This led to an altercation between the hotel staffers and the officer’s driver.
“We have initiated a probe why the officer had asked the girl to come and meet him,” a senior level officer of Jammu Kashmir Police told NDTV.
PTI said the police have asked for the hotel’s CCTV footage as well as the room reservation form filled by the officer as part of its probe. The officer told the police he had come for a “source meeting”.
Srinagar-based Corps Commander Lt Gen AK Bhatt has been apprised of the situation. The incident took place just a day before Army chief Bipin Rawat is due to visit Srinagar to review the ground situation and open goodwill schools run by the army.