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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    rajan
    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.
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      autonomous
      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.
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      Malabar.Pattiyanu
      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
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        kempu
        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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          Albert Craig
          May 11, 2017 at 1:32 pm
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            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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              Damodar Biswal
              May 11, 2017 at 11:54 am
              The army should take all possible steps to find out the culprits of this barbaric action n try them in army court.Nothing less than that will satisfy Indians.
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                indian man
                May 11, 2017 at 11:24 am
                Alaa hu Akbar Alaaaaaaa hu Akbar. Ok prayer complete now its time to kil .
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                  rameshnk
                  May 11, 2017 at 11:02 am
                  This incidence could be converting into a turning point and hit back at Pak backed terrorists and their local sympathisers. First of appreciate the csacrifice of this great son of Kashmir and India. Com te for him and family. Take care of the family. Govt and some Bollywoood actors( where are Shah Rukh, Salman, Amir Khan etc. Ofcourse oter actors too).Akshya Kumar for ex. Conduct a massive hunt to capture the culprits live and get all the things out of them. Reach out to the poeple. Tell them where the terrorists are taking Kashmir, who is losing. The momentum Burhan Wani's death should be totally reversed. This is the opporunity. One of the Brave Kashmiri son is a victim of the game staniis play and gullible Kashmiris sympathise with stone pelting.Now Kashmiri public should realize- They are being double conned.
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                    Nicky
                    May 11, 2017 at 10:45 am
                    It's time to take decisive action .. incidents of violence have increased alarmingly in the valley..A long brave soul is killed in such a coward act!!!! Shame on terrorists..They are kil the very own people of Kashmir just to keep their filthy agenda alive...Army and security forces should be given full freedom to act! What this government is waiting for???
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                      The Observer
                      May 11, 2017 at 10:36 am
                      Home Secretary visit will be followed by visit of J&K Governor to Delhi followed by visit of HM to J&K followed by visit of Mehbooba to Delhi, followed by.............. There will be another high level meeting followed by a very high level meeting followed by a core group meeting followed by meeting of Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs. All of them will be very disma and highly condemning the dastardly and cowardly act and promise we will not rest, bow down to terrorists etc. etc.. and go back to slumber .. only to wake up after 72 hours for one more kil .
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                        MyTake
                        May 11, 2017 at 10:08 am
                        Terrorists and illegal combatant should be rounded up and put in isolation camp in Anadaman at least for 5 years, until they are safe to return to society.
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                          MyTake
                          May 11, 2017 at 10:06 am
                          Good enough reason to take a proactive move.
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                            TIHAEwale
                            May 11, 2017 at 9:25 am
                            in a brilliant move Feku56, Tadipaar have got liquidated Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz of 2 Raj Rif by terrorists elements ru roost under Ram Madav-Mehbooba partnership so hence forth none from valley will join police and military services. so it will not be long before rougue Paakistaan will create a Bangladesh in our Kashmir and our Feku56 will go down in history of having achieved what none of his predecessors did. this joker wants to be remembered more than hi, Nehru, Indira, Rajiv who gave their blood for preservation of unity and integrity of the nation
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                              Mohammad Dar
                              May 11, 2017 at 9:22 am
                              He dared to play against truth , and he paid, plain and simple, a hindu criminal mnafoq has nothing to earn but, a hindu misserable end, ordained by the Truth absolute Allah, HIMSELF, Elimination at first sight, SO IS COMMANDED AND SO IS DONE, AND A WARNING TO THE WOULD BE HINDU MNAFIQS, PRETENDING TO BE MUSLIM,
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                                Ashish Biswas
                                May 11, 2017 at 9:47 am
                                Now see the effect you bloody . You will be ed dry.
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                                Sashi Pillai
                                May 11, 2017 at 9:16 am
                                Indian government and leadership is weak and the w world knows that and they do not care and that is why India will never be considered a regional power. In no other country around the world small or big will tolerate the humilation its armed forces are going through as in India because they are restrained from taking strong actions against forces who are anti Indian
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                                  Mohammad Dar
                                  May 11, 2017 at 9:32 am
                                  Sure, they are strained by their desire to live, true to the fact of their gender, because they may look like men, but hindu hijras in reality, good for nothing else, but to entertain invading forces, not fight. as has been the case for thousands of years.
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                                  Narad
                                  May 11, 2017 at 8:39 am
                                  They have upper hand..They are not afraid of Army!
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                                    Antony
                                    May 11, 2017 at 8:23 am
                                    where is the 56 inch chest now! army is being attacked left and right either by militants or porkistani border action team! where is the retaliation? why modi is afraid to take strong action? why he is not appointing a full time defence minister ? Just fake speeches doesnt work out any more! he can only please the iliterate north indian audience ! we need urgent action! shut down kashmir and get rid of all the press and internet connectivity and go for a full scale brigade level army operation to finish of the militancy and their supporters for ever! Looks like modi is waiting for porkistanis to kill a COW so that he can order retaliation!
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                                        vivek
                                        May 11, 2017 at 8:07 am
                                        This clearly shows that the militants are not for kashmir they are here to promote interest of stan when entire POK is being sold out against the interest of kashmiris their is no protest here
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                                          Mohammad Dar
                                          May 11, 2017 at 9:25 am
                                          No need to hind bark hindrance to truth hinduism lies, Kashmir is stan and stan is Kashmir, and native of Kashmir, bear witness to it, with their blood.
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                                          Apte
                                          May 11, 2017 at 8:03 am
                                          1. We should remember that kil of Lt. Ummer Fayaz is not an isolated incident of brutal kil . Violence and kil s have become part of our lives in Kashmir where violence is justified by some politicians. But let us not forget that such violence and brutal kil s will not be of any istance to Kashmir’s separatists who are instigating it. 2. The separatists have become restless as it has been proved again and again that violence will lead to more violence. When would they recognise that goal of so-called azadi for people of Kashmir valley is really a mirage in the current scenario? 3. If role of Army is reduced and if the terrorists get a free hand to do what they wish to do, first thing they would do is to annihilate moderate elements in the valley. Lives of common citizens will be at great risk. Hence I believe that it is for the common citizens of Kashmir to do some serious self-examination and think about their support to terrorists and the separatists.
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                                            Mohammad Dar
                                            May 11, 2017 at 9:28 am
                                            Stay in hinduism deception, way of hindus crooks to hnd spew their hinduism absurdities, in a hindu crooked way, onely one on the end in, hinduism disappointment will be hindus immoral hogs of hinduism racism by faith, pretending to be human being.
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                                            Gore
                                            May 11, 2017 at 7:49 am
                                            Freedo fighters have no history of being so COWARD. COWARDICE IS THE BRTH RIGHT OF ARYAN DOGS!
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