Clean chit to Indian Army Major involved in human shield is unacceptable: Brinda Karat

New Delhi: Reacting to the media reports that the Indian Army Major Nitin Gogoi who tied a Kashmiri youth Farooq Ahmed of Central Kashmir to the bonnet of a jeep as a “human shield” has been given a clean chit by the Court of Inquiry (CoI), senior Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader, Brinda Karat Monday termed the move as gross human rights violation and unacceptable.

“In the light of the media reports, I can tell you that the Commission of Inquiry can’t justify this action that tantamount to gross human rights violation. It is completely reprehensible and we demand action against the guilty,” Brinda Karat told news agency CNS over phone from New Delhi.

Pertinently, Army had convened a CoI on April 15 last month, two days after an FIR was filed by J&K Police into the human sheild incident, involving Major Nitin Gogoi from 53 Rashtriya Rifles.

“Forget about your own people, even in a state of war, you can’t resort to such brutal tactics. Justifying such tactics is condemnable and shielding the erring army officer is most unfortunate. If media reports are correct, then CPI(M) condemns the move and demand action against the guilty,” Brinda Karat said.

Expressing anguish over the deteriorating situation in Kashmir, Brinda Karat termed it the failure of PDP-BJP led government. She said it is unfortunate that incumbent Home Minister Rajnath Singh who talked about dialogue during his Kashmir visit has backtracked and has been talking in a different language now. “You can’t solve political issue through pellets and bullets,” she said.

 

Human shield: Army denies reports of clean chit to accused officer

Indian Army on Monday termed the media reports “speculative” saying that the army Major accused of using a civilian as human shield in Kashmir has been given a clean chit.

A section of media reported that Major Nitin Gogoi from 53 Rashtriya Rifles has been exonerated in human shield case while the Commission of Inquiry has ruled out court marshal against him. The media reports went on to claim that COI while hailing the acumen of the said Army Major termed his decision wise to avoid casualties.

“The Court of Inquiry concerned with the incident wherein a civilian was tied to an Army jeep is still incomplete. Reports in some sections of the media of the Army Major being given a clean chit are speculative,” said Defence spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia informed CNS through a text message. (CNS)

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