The video of the incident soon made it to news channels and social media drawing widespread condemnation. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti urgently demanded a detailed report from the state police. An FIR was filed against the Army on April 15. The charges being considered include kidnapping and endangering the man's life. The Army, too, initiated an internal investigation, the report of which is still awaited.
Now that Major Gogoi has been awarded COAS Commendation Card by Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat for "his sustained efforts in counter-insurgency operations", the Jammu and Kashmir Police have made it clear that the "investigation into the circumstances that led to the incident would continue".
The First Information Report (FIR) has not been quashed, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Munir Khan, said.
"Once an FIR is lodged, the investigation has to be completed. The investigation will be done and its result will be shared," Mr Khan added.
According to Army sources Major Gogoi was thinking on his feet when he tied Mr Dar to the vehicle to contain "intense stone-throwing" in the region.
After Mr Dar was attached to the bonnet of the Army jeep, stone-throwing stopped and the soldiers and their vehicles were able to pass the area without any further incident. But the decision led to a deep divide between the supporters and critics of such manoeuvres.
(With inputs from PTI)