Addressing the media in Srinagar on Friday, 25 May, army chief General Bipin Rawat responded to the recent controversy courted by Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi, saying that if the latter has done something wrong, then he will be given the harshest punishment possible.
"If anyone in the Indian Army, at any rank, does any wrong, and it comes to our notice, then the strictest action will be taken. If Major Gogoi has done something wrong then I can say that he will be given due punishment and the punishment will be such that it will set an example." - General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff
Major Gogoi of the Rashtriya Rifles 53rd Battalion was briefly detained by the police in Srinagar on Wednesday, 23 May.
Gogoi, who is posted in Budgam district, was picked up from a hotel in the area after residents alleged he was seen in a “compromising position” with a young woman. Well-placed sources told The Quint said that Gogoi, his driver Sameer, and a 19-year-old Kashmiri woman were picked up from Grand Mamta Hotel in the Dalgate area at around 11 am on 23 May, after a group of men objected to the presence of an army officer with a young woman in the hotel.
Notably, Major Gogoi had first courted a nationwide controversy in April 2017 when he used a civilian as a ‘human shield.’
Apart from the Gogoi controversy, Rawat also discussed the relationship with Pakistan and what steps can be taken to avoid escalation of tension.
"We want peace at borders, but as you know Pakistan continuously violates ceasefire that causes loss of life and property. In such a case, we have to retaliate, but if Pakistan wants peace, we expect them to take initiative, which will start with them stopping infiltration." - General Bipin Rawat . Read more on India by The Quint.Latest News | Will Punish Maj Gogoi If Found Guilty: Army ChiefWill Take Strict Action If Found Guilty: Army Chief on Major Gogoi . Read more on India by The Quint.