In the incident of Major Leetul Gogoi, who was earlier briefly detained by the police in Srinagar, after being found with a girl, the hotel authorities say they didn’t allow him to stay at the premises.
The Kashmir Walla spoke to Ajaz Ahmad, who identified himself as Managing Director of Hotel Grand Mamta in Sriangar, during which he narrated the whole incident of Major Gogoi’s presence at the hotel but said that they were not aware that the guest was actually an Army major.
Ahmad said that the person [Major Gogoi] had booked a hotel room online and we didn’t know who he was. “He didn’t stay at the hotel but had to stay tonight. When he arrived, we asked for his Identity Cards but he was carrying a driving license from Assam and the Kashmiri girl, who was along with him, showed us an Aadhar Card from Budgam, on which the date of birth was 2001,” Ahmad said.
According to a police statement earlier, a police party was deputed to the hotel and it surfaced that one woman and a person namely Sameer Ahmed of Budgam had come to see some person but the hotel reception did not allow them to meet the persons. “Meanwhile, the police party reached the spot and got all the persons to the police station,” the statement said.
The police, however, has neither denied nor confirmed the identity of the Major yet. Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Zone, S. P. Pani, while speaking to The Kashmir Walla earlier said, “We have ordered a probe, headed by SP North, who will submit a report. If it is a cognizable offense, action will be taken as per the law. It is too early to comment.”
However, adding further Ahmad said that the hotel authorities didn’t allow the guests and were rejected the booking from the reception table only, and no photocopy of the ID cards was taken.
“He insisted us, pressurized, but we said no as it is our hotel policy. If you have a proof of marriage then show us. He couldn’t produce anything. He tried a lot, started screaming, there were other guests also in the lobby. Ultimately, we told him we can’t provide you with a room and you don’t have to pay also,” he said.
Ahmad also told The Kashmir Walla, while saying he is present at the police station to record statements, that the CCTV footage only shows both [Major and the girl] coming at the front desk and leaving.
“We dropped his baggage back in the car. We have footage but we can’t give it right now, as I’m at the police station recording my statement. We called the police when there was a commotion in the lobby. Actually, the Kashmiri driver with him, driving a black Alto car, also created an issue. He fought with our manager saying, why wouldn’t you give him a room, if he has booked it,” said Ahmad.
The car in which the Major had drove to the hotel has registration number of JK04E 2088 (Budgam).
Ahmad also added that the driver was told that the hotel can’t provide the room as he isn’t carrying the documents and the girl is Kashmiri. “Where did you get her from,” the hotel staff asked.