Jammu & Kashmir

Armed forces personnel detained with Kashmiri woman, minor girl released after ‘preliminary questioning’

Srinagar: An Armed forces personnel who was detained at international airport in Srinagar along with a woman and a minor girl while on way to Delhi was let off after “preliminary questioning” as the women said they were travelling with him of their “own free will”.

According to a report published by a Delhi based news agency PTI, the woman, believed to be in her early twenties, told the police that she and her minor niece were travelling with the armed forces personnel “of their own free will”.

Quoting officials, the report said that trio was let off after “preliminary questioning” and the woman and her niece were been handed over to their families.

The report also quoted an army official saying that action will be taken against the army personnel as per the rules as he “violated the standard operating procedure.”

In May 2018, an army Major Leetul Gogoi was detained by police along with a local woman at a hotel in Srinagar.

The army ordered disciplinary action against the Major and a court of inquiry found him accountable for “fraternising with locals in violation of instructions to the contrary” and “being away from the place of duty while in the operational area, the report said.

The Major was punished with a “reduction in seniority and exit from the Kashmir valley.”

Major Gogoi had hit the headlines after he tied a man to a jeep and used him as a shield against the people allegedly hurling stones in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district.


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