Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi, who had tied a Kashmiri man to a jeep in J&K purportedly as a shield against the stone pelters, was honoured with the award: Army Chief’s ‘Commendation Card’ for his ‘sustained efforts’ in counter-insurgency operations.

This award for Major Gogoi is proof of a backing of his action of the officer belonging to the 53 Rashtriya Rifles even as the Army said that a court of inquiry (CoI) into this incident is ‘under finalisation’.

Army spokesperson Col. Aman Anand on Monday said, “Major Gogoi has been awarded the Chief of Army Staff’s Commendation Card for his sustained efforts in counter-insurgency operations”.

All factors that include notable performance of major Gogoi and ‘overall emerging indicators’ of the CoI have been ‘well-considered’ while conferring the award on him, Army sources said, in clear hint of the Army’s support to his prompt decision to allegedly tie the man to protect soldiers from stone-pelters.

A video has shown the man tied to an Army vehicle during polling in the Srinagar Lok Sabha byelection on 8th April 2017, had triggered a public outcry, forcing the force to institute a probe.

The sources revealed that Major Gogoi was given the award during Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat’s visit last week to Jammu and Kashmir.