Former Indian batsman Virender Sehwag has all praise for Major Leetul Gogoi, who was awarded COAS Commendation Card for sustained efforts in counter-insurgency operations. He in the tweet said “Congratulations Major Nitin Gogoi for the medal of commendation. Great effort in safety rescuing our soldiers and many other wonderful duties.”
Sehwag, who after retirement from International cricket, has been vocal through his twitter on various issues. This has often landed him many controversies.
Major Gogoi has been in news ever since he placed a Kashmiri man, later identified as Farooq Ahmad Dar, on the bonnet of his jeep during recent protests in Kashmir on 9 April. The video of the incident sparked a major debate.
Army sources say the Major, belonging to the 53 Rashtriya Rifles, took an on-the-spot decision to tie Dar to his jeep as his soldiers were moving through an area where there was intense stone-throwing.
After Dar was made to sit on the bonnet of the Army jeep, stone-throwing stopped and soldiers, the Central Armed Police Forces personnel and their vehicles were able to move ahead without any further incident.
On April 15, the Army formed a court of inquiry into the incident, the report of which is still awaited.