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No COI clean chit to officer yet who used local as human shield: Army

Clarification comes amidst reports that COI had exonerated Major Nitin Gogoi for his action

IANS  |  Srinagar/New Delhi 

Local tied to a jeep as a human shield by army officer. File Photo
Local tied to a jeep as a human shield by an army officer Nitin Gogoi. File Photo

The on Monday denied that the (COI) had given a clean chit to an officer who had tied a local youth in front of a vehicle last month to avoid attack from

In the wake of media reports saying that the COI had exonerated and even appreciated Major Nitin Gogoi for his action on April 9, Defence Ministry spokesman in Srinagar Col Rajesh Kalia said that proceedings were still on.

"The concerned with the incident wherein a civilian was tied to an is still incomplete.

"Reports in some sections of the media of the army Major being given a are speculative," he said.

An army spokesman in New Delhi said: "The has not given its report yet.

It is inappropriate to speculate on the findings of the inquiry."

Earlier reports had said that Gogoi, who had reportedly tied a youth to the bonnet of a jeep as a 'human shield' on April 9 to avoid attack from stone pelters in Badgam, had been given a and the COI had even appreciated his attempt to avoid casualties.

A video of a man tied on an army vehicle's bonnet, shot on April 9 during Srinagar by-polls, which saw a dismal 7.13 percent turnout among widespread violence and later posted on social media, had led to an uproar. An FIR was registered by the Jammu and Kashmir Police against the security forces.

On April 15, Army constituted a in the incident.

First Published: Mon, May 15 2017. 23:20 IST
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