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Hitting out at the Centre for giving 'administrative recognition' to Major Leetul Gogoi, Congress leader Subodh Kant Sahay on Tuesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government is using Indian Army for its 'personal benefit'.
Asserting that Prime Minister Modi is using the Army for his own shelter, Sahay further said that Gogoi should have not been given administrative recognition when the Court of Inquiry against him was already underway.
Major Gogoi, the Army officer who tied a man to the bonnet of a jeep as a 'human shield' against a stone-pelting mob in Jammu and Kashmir, has been awarded by Chief of Army Staff's (COAS) Commendation Card for his sustained distinguished service till now in counter-insurgency operations in the state.
He has been performing his counter insurgency duties for more than a year with the 53 Rashtriya Rifles Battalion in Jammu and Kashmir.
Gogoi belongs to the Army Supply Corps of the Indian Army.
The officer was awarded by Army chief General Bipin Rawat during his recent visit to Jammu and Kashmir.
Major Gogoi was in the spotlight after a video shot during the April 9 Srinagar Lok Sabha by-polls, posted on the social media, showed a man tied on the bonnet of an Army jeep in Jammu and Kashmir's Badgam.
The video went viral and sparked a major controversy, with one faction condemning the Army's action while the other commended their ingenuity.
The Court of Inquiry regarding April 9 incident is under finalisation.