Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat on Friday said that exemplary punishment would be given to Major Leetul Gogoi if he was found guilty of "any offence". Earlier on May 23, Major Gogoi was reportedly detained by police in Srinagar after an altercation with the staff of a local hotel.
"If any officer of the Indian army is found guilty of any offence, we will take strictest possible action," Rawat told reporters at Pahalgham while on a visit to the Army Goodwill School.
"If Major Gogoi has done something wrong, I assure you that he will be awarded punishment at the earliest...the punishment will set an example," the army chief said.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police has already initiated an inquiry into the incident involving Gogoi.
Major Gogoi of 53 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) was reportedly detained by the police which later him over to his unit after questioning. Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Zone, SP Pani has ordered a high-level probe by Superintendent of Police, North City, into the incident.
Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi first shot to fame after he tied 26-year-old Kashmiri artisan Farooq Ahmad Dar with the bonnet of his jeep at Utligam before parading him in different villages on April 9, 2017. While Major Gogoi defended his actions saying he saved lives and dubbed "Dar as the ringleader who instigated the stone pelting mob", the incident had sparked massive anger and outrage across Kashmir. Major Gogoi was later awarded the Chief of Army Staff's Commendation Card for his sustained efforts in counter-insurgency operations.