Major Gogoi Hotel Row: Army official is my Facebook friend, met him on my ‘free will’, says woman

Srinagar: In her deposition before the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) of Srinagar, the woman found with Major Leetul Gogoi in a hotel has said that she met the Army officer of her “own free will”, and that they “knew each other” for quite some time.

In her statement before the Magistrate, the woman claimed that both Major Leetul Gogoi and she were friends on facebook and that she had met earlier as well.

The woman stressed on her claims that she isn’t a minor and had wanted to spend some time with Major Gogoi. To support her claims she also produced her Aadhaar card as proof of her date of birth, thereby implying that she is an adult.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police has recorded her statement before a city Magistrate under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).

Meanwhile, the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Srinagar, has asked the J&K police to provide status report on the whole matter.

On the other hand, the claims of the said woman’s mother indicates towards a totally different narrative.

According to a news report, the woman’s mother, Naseema Begum has asserted that both Major Gogoi and Sameer Ahmad Malla had been raiding their house in civilian clothes since March 2018 and accused Malla of ‘luring’ her daughter and also bringing Major Gogoi to their house.

Earlier, an altercation at a Srinagar hotel had brought this incident to light as the hotel authorities called in the police thereafter. Following the call, Major Gogoi, the woman and another person named Sameer Ahmad Malla, a local army personnel were arrested by the police and questioned.

The altercation was started by hotel authorities’ denial over allowing Gogoi to stay in the room which he had  booked for himself and the woman beforehand. The hotel authorities said that they couldn’t allow the woman to stay with him as she was a local by citing their hotel policy.

Additionally, the Army has ordered an inquiry against Leetul Gogoi and Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has made it clear that the harshest of punishment would be meted out to the Major if he is found guilty.