New Delhi, May 23: There is politics over the Indian Army’s decision to award Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi, who tied a Jammu and Kashmir civilian to his jeep and paraded him to avoid stone pelting. Janata Dal United leader Sharad Yadav has come out against the decision saying, “Even before the probe in the case is complete, such an act by the government will further aggravate the Kashmir situation,” Yadav said. “Situation in Kashmir is critical. Any step should have been taken after findings of the probe,” he added.
Yadav faced criticism for his stand from the Bharatiya Janata Party. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, while speaking to TV channel CNN-News18, said that one must not play politics on matters of the Army. He said that it was wrong to interfere into the decisions and functioning of the Army.
Meanwhile, the Congress remained silent and cautious on its reaction even as Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said that Captain Gogoi deserved a gallantry award for his act. However, NC spokesperson Junaid Mattoo spoke out against the BJP and the Army saying that they should have waited for the investigation to be completed. CPI leader D Raja also said, “It is a very provocative action, this will further lead to alienation of people and deterioration of situation in J&K.”
Meanwhile, defence experts lauded Major Gogoi for his act. Defence expert Shivali Deshpande said that no other army in the world is this much tolerant and had it been some other army, it would have opened fire. “Heartiest congratulations to Major Gogoi. He has been awarded for the incident where he tied a man to his jeep to be used as a human shield in order to save lives of many. Which army in the world would adopt such non-violent measures at the time of crisis to save lives of more than 400? It is only the Indian Army which has shown a lot of restraint and Major Gogoi as well,” Shivali told news agency ANI.
Major Leetul Gogoi was awarded the Chief of Army Staff‘s (COAS) Commendation Card for his service till now in counter-insurgency operations in the state. Major Gogoi came into the spotlight when a video of a man being tied to the bonnet of a jeep was posted on social media during Srinagar Lok Sabha bypolls on April 9.