I Support Major Gogoi’s Action: Amit Shah


NEW DELHI: BJP president Amit Shah said Friday that he supported the decision of an Army major to tie a Kashmiri civilian to a jeep as a “shield” against stone-pelters.

Responding to a question on the action of Major Leetul Gogoi, he said the Army officer’s action had helped polling officials and policemen escape unhurt.

The major tied the 26 year old voter to the bonnet of a military jeep with ropes on the day of bypolls to the Srinagar parliamentary constituency on April 9, apparently in a bid to deter people throwing stones at army.

“I appreciate it and also support it,” Shah told a press conference here on the completion of three years of the Modi government.

Asked whether he would want the major to be awarded for his action, the BJP chief said there is a process involved in honouring people. “He has already been awarded by the Army chief,” Shah said.

Major Gogoi was awarded the Chief of Army Staff Commendation Card.

Commenting on the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Shah said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had been monitoring the situation minutely and the government would find a solution.

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