While Major Leetul Gogoi from Assam has been targeted by liberals for his alleged act of tying a stone pelter in Kashmir to his jeep and using him as a human shield, Gogoi has received support from BJP MP from Mysuru-Kodagu, Pratap Simha and Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi.
Calling for a nationwide campaign in support of Gogoi, BJP MP Simha tweeted, ‘If any kind of action is initiated against brave Maj Gogoi, let’s start a nationwide campaign to support him.’ This incident also trended on social media where the army personnel received a lot of support.
Major Leetul Gogoi in Kashmir
The army found itself in the eye of a storm after a video clip surfaced last week showing a Kashmiri man tied to a jeep. It was purportedly done to deter stone-pelters who had surrounded the vehicles of security forces. It was Major Gogoi, who had reportedly ordered the man believed to be a stone thrower, to be tied to the Rakshak vehicle to ensure a safe passage for the convoy he was leading.
The convoy was passing through a neighbourhood in Budgam area, close to the State capital Srinagar, where hundreds of locals gathered to attack the security personnel with stones, according to an army account.
Career of Major Leetul Gogoi
Gogoi, 38, hails from rural Assam. His father is a farmer. Army sources said he enlisted in the force at the age of 18 and served as a jawan in the 3rd Battalion of Assam Regiment for nearly nine years before joining the Dehradun-based Army Cadet College (ACC) to become an officer.
Soldiers are groomed to become officers at the ACC for three years before they are packed off for a one-year course to the Indian Military Academy in the hill town. Gogoi was commissioned as a lieutenant in December 2008.