Army officer involved in 'human shield' incident awarded May 23, 2017 0 16 12345 IANSNew DelhiAn Indian Army Major who was involved in tying up a Kashmiri man to the front of a jeep to ward off stone pelters in Kashmir Valley has been awarded the Army Chief's Commendation Card, Army sources said on Monday. The commendation card for Major Leetul Gogoi of 53 Rashtriya Rifles was given for"sustained efforts" in counter insurgency operations, Army officials said. Army officials did not say if the human shield incident had anything to do with the award. A video, shot on April 9 during the Srinagar by-polls held amid violent incidents, showed a man, later identified as Farooq Ahmad Dar, being tied to the bonnet of an army jeep with a placard in Badgam of Jammu and Kashmir. The video went viral on social media and created uproar. An FIR was registered by the Jammu and Kashmir police against the security forces. On April 15, the Army constituted a court of inquiry in the incident, and a report is pending. Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, referring to the incident on Friday, had backed the officer, saying it should not be forgotten that the officer had responsibility to save the lives of those involved in the election process as well as the crowd that had gathered. "Let us not forget the army is a responsible institution and the army was also interested in saving lives of various people who were involved in the election process and also the large crowd of people who had gathered there to protest," Jaitley said. Gogoi also got support from both serving and former Army officers. Former Army Chief General VP Malik (retired) had said after the incident that he would keep the"exceptional circumstances" in which the step was taken in mind while judging the case, though he agreed that the officer did violate the Army code on human rights. On similar lines, Former Army Chief General Bikram Singh (retired) had called the incident an"aberration". POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Jaitley files 2nd defamation case against CM Kejriwal May 23, 2017 0 4 Ex-coal secy, others get 2-years jail in coal scam May 23, 2017 0 4 AIMPLB's SC affidavit on triple talaq draws sharp criticism May 23, 2017 0 5 20 arrested, probe ordered in Jharkhand lynching cases PTI Ranchi/Jamshedpur Twenty people have been arrested in connection with last week's lynching of seven persons in Jharkhand. State Home Secretary S K G Rahate said a probe has been ordered into the two incidents of .. Students clash with security forces in Kashmir; four youths detained Srinagar, May 22 (PTI) At least four youths were detained on Monday after the police scuttled their demonstration at the premises of a college here. In a separate incident, security forces fired teargas shells to .. Kerala CM withdraws from book release event of top police official Thiruvananthapuram, May 22 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday decided against attending a function to release a book by a serving top Kerala Police official that has lavished praise on the Left .. UP govt recommends CBI probe into IAS officers' death PTI Lucknow The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday recommended a CBI probe into the death of Karnataka- cadre IAS officer Anurag Tiwari after his family members met Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and expressed ..