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Army major who tied man to jeep in Kashmir awarded

New Delhi: An Army Major, who had tied a Kashmiri man to a jeep in Kashmir, has been awarded by Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat for his ‘sustained efforts’ in counter- insurgency operations.

The Army Chief’s ‘Commendation Card’ for Major Leetul Gogoi comes even as a Court of Inquiry into the tying of the Kashmiri man to the jeep’s bonnet purportedly as a shield against stone pelters was going on.

“Major Gogoi has been awarded Chief of Army Staff’s Commendation Card for sustained efforts in counter-insurgency operations,” Army spokesperson Aman Anand said.

Gogoi was awarded during Gen Rawat’s recent visit to Jammu and Kashmir. A video, showing the man tied to the army vehicle during polling in the Srinagar Lok Sabha by-election on April 9, had triggered a public outcry, prompting the Army to institute a probe.