Two witnesses depose before army’s CoI Major Gogoi and others yet to face Inquiry Panel
After failing to establish anything ‘incriminating’ against the consenting adults, Major Letul Gogai and the girl, the Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP) has said that there is no legal provision to register an First Information Report (FIR) into the incident.
According to well informed sources, the police had looked into the case from various angles but so far nothing has been found to implicate them.
They said it was ‘not a cognizable offence’ as the girl herself in a recorded statement before a magistrate had admitted that she had come to the hotel of her ‘own free will’ with Maj Gogoi in a private car of Sameer Ahmed Malla and there was no force involved.
She told the magistrate that before coming to Srinagar, she had spoken to Major Gogoi and Malla informing them that she would be waiting for them to be picked up near Magam town, on Srinagar- Gulmarg road.
On May 30 (Wednesday), the sources said JKP submitted a comprehensive report to the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) about the incident of May 23 that had triggered an outrage across the valley as several political, social and religious groups alleged the incident tantamount to sexual exploitation of a poor underage girl by an army officer.
Major Gogoi, who was serving in anti insurgency unit of Rashtriya Rifles (RR) in Badgam district, has been attached with Army headquarters of 15th Corps after the incident.
Meanwhile, Army which had ordered the Court of Inquiry (CoI) into the case has initiated its proceeding by recording the statement of two witnesses. The army has obtained a copy of the two page report from the police.
The sources said a civilian and a policeman on Wednesday have deposed and recorded their statement as witnesses before the CoI panel. They said CoI may request the presence of the girl for recording her statement.
CoI was ordered against Major Gogoi on May 25 soon after Army Chief Bipin Rawat had promised that an exemplary punishment would be meted out to the officer, if found guilty.