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Another soldier on leave found dead in Kashmir’s Shopian, police blame militants

“Obviously, militants are responsible for this killing. He had been shot by a bullet fired from an AK-47 rifle,” said Shopian Superintendent of Police Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Shopian | Updated: November 26, 2017 7:19 am
soldier on leave found dead in Kashmir's Shopian This is the third time a person from the security forces has been killed while on leave in the Valley. (Source: Express photo)

A territorial Army jawan, who was on leave, was found shot dead in an apple orchard about 3 km from his home in Sazan, in Shopian, on Saturday morning. Police said Irfan Ahmad Dar, 23, had been killed by militants.

“Obviously, militants are responsible for this killing. He had been shot by a bullet fired from an AK-47 rifle,” said Shopian Superintendent of Police Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar.

According to reports, Dar had left home on Friday evening, and said he would return the next morning. “He left his home on his own, we have found his car in the area. So, we are ruling out abduction,” said Dinkar.

The Army, however, called it a “possible abduction and murder”. “He was on leave till November 26,” said Defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia. “While on leave, he was possibly abducted and killed by terrorists. The matter is being investigated by the police.”

Dar is survived by his father, Ghulam Mohammad Dar, a farmer, mother Shama Begum and three younger siblings.

soldier on leave found dead in Kashmir's Shopian The Army, however, called it a “possible abduction and murder”. (Source: Express photo)

“We don’t know who has killed him… All we know is that he got a call on his cellphone on Friday evening. He left home and told his mother he would return in the morning. We don’t know what happened after that and who killed him,” said Dar’s cousin, Sheraz Ahmad.

As relatives and neighbours crowded Dar’s home — a single-storey mud-and-brick house in Sazan, a hamlet of about 50 houses — for his funeral on Saturday, many shouted slogans of “Azadi”. “Hum kya chahte, Azadi (We want freedom),” they shouted.

This is the third time a person from the security forces has been killed while on leave in the Valley.

In May, militants abducted Lt Umar Fayaz Parray, a resident of Kulgam who had gone to attend his cousin’s wedding in Shopian, and killed him. In September, militants barged into the house of Border Security Force (BSF) constable Mohammad Ramzan Parray at Hajin in North Kashmir, dragged him out, and shot him.

 

soldier on leave found dead in Kashmir's Shopian Half-an-hour before the funeral, Army and police officers passed by Dar’s house, in separate vehicles, but did not halt. (Source: Express photo)

However, unlike the other two security personnel, who were buried with full military honours, Dar’s coffin was not draped in the national flag, and there were no security personnel present. Villagers said an Army officer, along with some personnel, had come in the morning, but they were told to leave.

“They came in four-five vehicles, but the women attacked them and asked them to leave immediately,” said a neighbour. “The villagers suspect that the Army may be behind his killing,” he added.

Half-an-hour before the funeral, Army and police officers passed by Dar’s house, in separate vehicles, but did not halt.

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Condemning the killing, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti tweeted: “Strongly condemn the brutal killing of Irfan Ahmad, a brave Territorial Army soldier at Shopian… Such heinous acts will not weaken our resolve to establish peace and normalcy in Valley.”

“The murder of young Irfan Dar is a very tragic and reprehensible act. My unqualified condemnation and heartfelt condolences to his family,” tweeted former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.

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    MM
    Nov 29, 2017 at 9:22 pm
    Plz read History and what situations had come is all about failure of security forces the way they handled the situations and left only pains among K peoples... If u have a potential do it as a soldier as he faces and secondly act as a parti nt of society and understand the kashmiri people.... Can be solved through high level politics to prevent Blood as i think
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    1. Manas Sarkar
      Nov 26, 2017 at 6:55 am
      Main problem in Kashmir is the corrupted police. They sell themselves in the hand of terrorists. Unless corruption reduces in Kashmir, difficult to control such murders.
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        KP
        Nov 26, 2017 at 4:47 am
        Why is this news not highlighted by NDTV as much as it did about Gori Lankesh?
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          Kumar
          Nov 26, 2017 at 6:00 am
          Because Gori Lankesh killed by Terror Organization RSS.
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          Anirban C
          Nov 26, 2017 at 1:04 am
          My condolences to the family. How can we help their families financially?
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            Nikhil George
            Nov 26, 2017 at 12:13 am
            Didn't demonetisation take care of the militant activities ?
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              Murderer Naazi Christian Adolf Hilter
              Nov 26, 2017 at 4:14 am
              Stupid comments from the rapist brown slaves of the IT cell of the worlds largest terrorist mafia child rapist christian organization bases out of Vatican Church.
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