New Delhi, May 30: A Hizbul Mujahideen commander has asked Kashmiri women to avoid talking with soldiers and strangers on the social media. This came after Major Leetul Gogoi was detained by the police following an altercation which broke out at a hotel where he allegedly wanted to check in with an 18-year-old woman. According to Hindustan Times report, Hizbul Mujahideen’s Riyaz Naikoo also asked young men to post their experiences on social media if army “pushes them” for providing information about militants.
Naikoo, 30, one of the longest-surviving militants in Hizbul Mujahideen had joined group almost along with Burhan Wani who was killed in 2016.
The woman from Budgam who was detained along with Major Gogoi informed the police that she had come in contact with the officer on Facebook and had come to meet him of her own will.
According to the incident, when Gogoi along with his driver, also an Army man, and the woman approached the front desk of a hotel at Dalgate to check in, the official said. The booking was made online in the name of Gogoi for two guests for one night, the police official, who did not want to be identified, told PTI. According to the police, which recorded statements of the hotel staff as well as the three persons, the Major was informed that he could not enter the room along with the woman, which led to an altercation between the staff and Gogoi’s driver.
Immediately, other hotel staff caught hold of the army officer and his driver and called the police. Inspector General of Police (Kashmir Range) Swayam Prakash Pani ordered a probe into the incident by the superintendent of police (north). Pani has directed that the report is submitted at the earliest, the official said.
Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi, the Indian Army officer, who shot to fame after tying a man to a jeep and using him as a ‘human shield’, had been awarded the Army Chief Commendation Card for sustained efforts in operations in Kashmir. Major Gogoi, the officer who took the extreme step got a mixed reaction on the internet after the pictures and videos of the incident went viral on social media. The award has been given to Major Gogoi by Army Chief Bipin Rawat.