The Kashmiri woman whom Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi went to check in with at a downtown hotel on Wednesday has told a judicial magistrate that she was his “Facebook friend” and had gone to see him “of her own free will”, even as her mother disputed it.
Already mired in the controversy for tying a Kashmiri man to a jeep as a “human shield” against stone-pelters last year, Major Gogoi was questioned at a police station on Wednesday after an altercation broke out with the staff of the hotel.
However, the woman (name withheld) has deposed before a local magistrate under Section 164 of the CrPC and stated that she was friends with the major on the social networking site.
Official sources said the woman told the magistrate that she went to the hotel “of her own free will” because she wanted to spend time with the Army officer who was “already known” to her.
“Mein yahan apni marzi say aayee hun (I have come here of my own free will),” she told the sub-divisional magistrate, a DSP-rank official and the superintendent of police (north), who is heading the probe. She told the magistrate that she and Major Gogoi had met on “several occasions” during their “outings”, sources said.
The woman, who is from Check-e-Kawoosa village of Budgam district, showed the magistrate her Aadhaar card, which mentioned her year of birth as 1999, sources said. The woman, who has studied till Class 10, has been working with a self-help group. “Whether she is really an adult is still a subject of inquiry; it needs to be corroborated from other sources,” an official said.
When cross-examined, the woman claimed before the magistrate that she first came in contact with the Gogoi through a Facebook account named “Aadil Adnan”. But within a month she came to know that Aadil Adnan was none other than Major Gogoi, who was using a fake identity. She told the magistrate that Major Gogoi himself “disclosed his real identity” to her and thereafter they became friends.