Army vows to punish killers of young Kashmiri Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz

Fayaz's body was found in Harmen area of Shopian in South Kashmir on Wednesday morning.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 12, 2017 9:33 am
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After the millitants killed 22-year-old Kashmiri Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz, the Indian Army has vowed to punish his killers. “I assure the family that the perpetrators of this heinous crime and dastardly act will not be spared,” said Lt Gen Abhay Krishna, General Officer Commanding-in Chief of South Western Command and Colonel of Rajputana Riffles.

Fayaz’s body was found in Harmen area of Shopian in South Kashmir on Wednesday morning. Defence Minister Arun Jaitley called it a ‘dastardly act of cowardice’. Fayaz was abducted from Batpura village where he had gone to attend his cousin’s wedding.

“Abduction & murder of Lt. Ummer Fayaz by terrorists in Shopian is a dastardly act of cowardice. This young officer from J&K was a role model,” Defence Minister Jaitley said in a tweet.

Fayaz, who hailed from Kulgam district in South Kashmir, was commissioned into the Army last year on December 10. He was a part of the Rajputana Rifles.

This was Fayaz’s first leave which he took after joining the Army. His father runs a small apple business.

“This marks a watershed moment in Kashmir Valley and people of Kashmir will decisively turn the tide against terrorism,” Lt Gen Krishna was quoted as saying by PTI.

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  1. K
    Kamal Pasha
    May 11, 2017 at 12:18 pm
    Ummer Fayaz has been killed by RAW and India is blaming Kashmiri Freedom Fighters to create rift amongst them. This is old Indian trick which will not work.
    1. C
      Champa Bai
      May 11, 2017 at 1:45 am
      Kill those bas$ $#$ who killed this Army no mercy.......find them, finish it again and again.....till the message gets across.......Dont mess with Indian of an Army officer is much more precious than these sponsored terrorists........
      1. A
        May 11, 2017 at 1:39 am
        This is so infuriating!! so many attacks on the armed services personnel, there needs to be an open response to stan, someone needs to do something. This is like open season on the army, mainly because the terrorists and stan know that the Indian Army or Govt cannot and will not do anything. There has to be an open response and not some secret mission that no one can validate, it has to be an open response, let's see what the army or Govt does. Someone needs to do something in response to such acts.
        1. V
          May 11, 2017 at 12:58 am
          1. R
            May 10, 2017 at 11:36 pm
            Army will do what Army always does, It will grab some innocent Kashmiri Muslims that it believes or suspects of being sympathizers of the separatists and their ideology and kidnap them, take them to a remote location, kill them and plant some AK 47s on them. There is going to be no justice, just more extra judicial kil s by this murderers in uniform.
            1. F
              May 11, 2017 at 1:41 am
              When instead of condemning this heinous crime by Islamic Jihadi you are blaming the Army. No wonder Islamophobia is growing because of people like you who defend jihad and terrorism in the name of Islam. Shame on you.
              1. T
                May 11, 2017 at 1:56 am
                Well said Farooq !
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