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Young Kashmiri Army officer abducted, shot dead: Home Secretary meets Mehbooba Mufti

Ummer Fayaz's bullet-riddled body was found near a bus stand in Harmain village Wednesday morning.

By: Express News Service | Srinagar/new Delhi | Updated: May 11, 2017 9:02 pm
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A young Kashmiri Army officer on leave was abducted and shot dead by militants in the south Kashmir district of Shopian where he had gone to attend a family wedding. Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz of 2 Raj Rif, from Sarsuna in Kulgam and commissioned in the Army last December, was attending the wedding of a cousin in Batpora Matribug in Shopian when he was abducted by militants Tuesday night. His bullet-riddled body was found near a bus stand in Harmain village Wednesday morning.

Officials said the autopsy report showed marks on his body, indicating that he had resisted the militants who abducted him. He was shot from close range. The Army promised action, assuring the officer’s family that the “perpetrators of the heinous crime and dastardly act will not be spared”.

Lt Gen Abhay Krishna, Colonel of the Rajputana Rifles and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of South Western Command, said the killing “marks a watershed moment in Kashmir Valley and people of Kashmir will decisively turn the tide against terrorism”.

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley described the abduction and killing as “a dastardly act of cowardice”. In a tweet, Jaitley said, “This young officer from J&K was a role model… was an exceptional sportsman, his sacrifice reiterates nation’s commitment to eliminate terrorism from the Valley.”

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Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi arrive in the Valley Thursday. Sources in the government told The Indian Express that the decision to send Mehrishi, who will be accompanied by senior Home Ministry functionaries, was taken at the “highest level”.

Mehrishi met Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and is expected to meet J&K Governor N N Vohra . He is also expected to hold a meeting of senior state officials and review the situation in view of rising incidents of militancy-linked violence. J&K DGP S P Vaid and senior officers of the Army and central paramilitary forces will also attend the meeting.

Reaching out to the family of the young officer, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, in a tweet, said: “The entire nation shares the grief of Fayaz’s family, friends and colleagues. My heartfelt condolences. His memory will never be forgotten. Those who tried to defeat what he stood for, will themselves be defeated.” Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, while condemning the killing, said, “what was more painful to note is that the young officer had come home on vacation where he was attending the marriage of his cousin.”

Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also condemned the incident, saying the situation was “very sad and alarming” which needed urgent attention from the Centre. Commissioned in the Rajputana Rifles last December, Fayaz was on his first leave. He was supposed to return to his unit in the Akhnoor area of Jammu on May 25.

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  1. R
    May 11, 2017 at 5:39 pm
    Modi & his company are just not made up of the cerebral stuff required for hand the situation. They will keep bragging about their heroes SPM & DDU, The founders of BJS. They simply lack the a en of dea with a complex socio- religious problem facing the ordinary Kashmiris. Apart from empty rhetoric, what has Modi achieved in his first three years of polarising rule.
    1. A
      May 11, 2017 at 9:23 pm
      Every democratic secular country has it religious problem,Countries without religious problem nor gets debated in media will be either "communits nor islamic nor state religioun" countries because they will not allow other religions to survive in their land .Its congress gov fault they, unnoticed the saudi sponsored radicalisation taking control of valley .So when a sudden de-radicalisation takes place by the centre & state gov now ,there will be always restrain from radicalised mob.
    2. M
      May 11, 2017 at 2:25 pm
      Indics are so stupid that they can't even come up with a convincing story after cowardly but Chanakyan criminal intelligently murdering an Army officer. KERALITE MAFIA RECRUITED miserably failed MALAYALAM SEKS MOVIE SCRIPT WRITERS cannot do any better! Pathetic
      1. K
        May 11, 2017 at 1:50 pm
        It is unfortunate that young Fayaz took the risk that he did although he was aware that a full-blown civil war was going on in the Valley. Expectedly, Mr Jaitley has termed this civil war skirmish as a "cowardly act", but he should also recall how the RSS leader Ram Madhav has justified warring actions :" Everything is fair in love & war" ! Rather than listening to the war cries of middle cl Hindutva extremists, the Defence Minister should lend his ear to our soldiers : ". . Among military officers dea with Kashmir, there is almost unanimity about the need for urgent political intervention if the situation has to improve. . "(THE HINDU/May 9). He should also consider Mr Yashwant Sinha's essment: ". . The loss of lives in the recent incidents was unnecessary & avoidable. The issue of J&K demands a political solution. ." To save the lives of our soldiers, Mr Jaitley must challenge RSS-Modi's Hindu Rashtra agenda, & revive Shri Vajpayee's vision: " Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat. . "
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          1. S
            S.Nagaraja Rao
            May 11, 2017 at 1:32 pm
            It is sad day to listen to the demise of Young officer who had a bright future,in the hands of terrorists. As such terrorists have no barriers of religion, region, caste, creed.The killers have no morals or no ideology. No religion said to kill people to expand thier religion or their rule. These are perverted minds who are misguided at the instance of Pak ISI or JihdiI GROUPS.It is high time the govt., acts. If it continues more blood shed & locals will get distanced from the fold of Indian Union. Though they may be unwil But unable to bare the brutality of these terrorists, they may turnsilince. These doesnot stop mthere . They will expand to Jammu, then Punjab, then,Haryana, Delhi etc. If Centre maintains silence like this, the day is not faroff Kashmir will be turning into another Iraq or Syria. Act Immediately & stop this Mayhem.
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