SRINAGAR: Reports wrongly give a clean chit to army officer who tied a Kashmiri youth to a moving jeep and using him as a human shield, said a report by news agency PTI after a report in another news agency IANS claimed that a court of Inquiry had exonerated the officer.
IANS, in fact, reported that army sources said Major Nitin Gogol had been praised by the Court of Inquiry for "presence of mind" by tying a youth to a moving jeep in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam on April 9 to "avoid" stone pelting on forces.
The Army had ordered a probe by the Army Court of Inquiry (COI) after police registered an FIR for the incident when an Army Major tied a youth to the bonnet of a jeep as a human shield.
However, PTI then reported that army sources had said that it was still to conclude the inquiry. The Court of Inquiry (CoI) into the controversial "human shield" incident in Kashmir is still carrying on, PTI reported quoting army sources.
PTI said the sources had denied reports that the CoI had given a clean chit to the major and said a final conclusion was still to be reached.
A video, showing the man tied to an 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.
There was widespread condemnation of the act by various politicians, including former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.