Jammu-Kashmir: Bullet-riddled body of Army officer Ummer Fayaz found in Shopian

The officer was on leave and had gone to attend the wedding of his maternal uncle's daughter when he was abducted around 10 pm Tuesday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 12, 2017 9:34 am
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A 23-year-old Lieutenant-rank Army officer, identified as Ummer Fayaz, was shot dead by militants in south Kashmir’s Shopian district late Tuesday. Fayaz’s bullet-riddled body was found early Wednesday. He was commissioned in the services just six months ago, said sources in the Army.

The officer was on leave and had gone to attend the wedding of his maternal uncle’s daughter when he was abducted around 10 pm Tuesday.

He was posted with a RAJRIF unit in Akhnoor.

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After undergoing the postmortem examination at a district hospital in Shopian , Fayaz’s body was brought to Sursun for burial with military honours.  The officer’s father is a farmer and has a small-time apple business.

Fayaz’s burial got completed at around 1 pm. Approx 400 civilians, 250 army persons and CO attended the funeral. Guard of honour was given and three nominated persons fired three rounds each as gun salute. A total of 12 wreaths were laid on behalf of COAS, Army Commander, Corps Commander, GOCs & other Commanders. From civil administration side, SSP Kulgam and one Tehsildar were present, said a local commander.

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Fayaz, an ex-National Defence Academy (NDA) cadet, was scheduled to go for a ‘Young Officers Course’ in September.  At NDA, he was part of the hockey team.

Condemning the death, Minister of State (Home) Hansraj Ahir said, “Let’s see what comes out in the investigation. They will get a befitting reply.”

Reacting to his murder, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said, “Abduction and murder of Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz by terrorists is dastardly act of cowardice. This young officer from J&K was a role model.”

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“Fayaz was an exceptional sportsman, his sacrifice reiterates nation’s commitment to eliminate terrorism from the Valley”, he said.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti also condemned the killing of Lt Ummer Fayaz.

There has been a spike in attacks at security forces in recent months following which J&K DGP’s office sent out an advisory to its officers asking them to avoid visiting their homes “for the next few months”, especially in south Kashmir.

“Police personnel, especially from south Kashmir, are advised to exercise extreme caution while visiting their homes. They should preferably avoid visiting their homes for the next few months,” the communication sent in April stated.

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Kashmir, jammu and kashmir, Army, Army officer killed, shopian, Army officer killed shopian,army officer Funeral, Ummer Fayaz, Kulgam, Ummer Fayaz, india newsThe Indian Express has also reported on how militants had barged into the houses of at least five police officers in south and central Kashmir, asking them to quit the force or face the consequences. One policeman was asked to announce his resignation from the loudspeaker of the local mosque.

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    Subramanium
    May 10, 2017 at 10:52 pm
    All of India is proud of this brave Youngman. India is the land of Mahatma hi and no external and internal force will polarize her politically. Congress Party is responsible for making India powerful but due the corruption the BJP came to power. Mr. Modi talks like a street hawker convincing illiterate people yet has done nothing concrete for India. Though I as an Indian fully support the elected government of India but want them to deliver. Let the killers of Fayaz be hunted down and liquidated. Let Modi not get flattered and propped up by the Jewish lobby which is directly and indirectly supporting him. Jews have only love for themselves and not India. They want to use India. In the end improve the situation in Kashmir, we have 1.3 billion people use them effectively. All of India salutes this great Indian.
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      George Cruz
      May 10, 2017 at 7:39 pm
      As long as Sunni Muslims in the Kashmir Valley don't show solidarity/patriotism towards India, commit anti-national activities, the hatred, and isolation of these brainwashed Kashmir Sunni Muslims across India will continue. The Lieutenant-rank Army officer, identified as Ummer Fayaz is a martyr, a good Muslim, and a real patriot. All these terror/kil s by the terror groups like Hurriyat/LeT will ultimately leads to governor's rule with the hard core Indian army moving in and enforcing the security in the Sunni Muslims infested Kashmir Valley. The best option for these Sunni Muslims in Kashmir Valley is to emigrate to Islamic Caliphate Pak next door before they face bullets form the Indian armed forces.
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        Shabih Siddiqui
        May 10, 2017 at 7:33 pm
        RIP! What did the killers gain? fire eternally.This act will never prevent young brave hearts from Kashmir from joining the Army.
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          kempu
          May 10, 2017 at 7:26 pm
          It is saddening that young Ummer Fayaz took the risk he did although he must have known that civil war-like conditions are widespread in the Valley. Naturally Mr Jaitley, in his first response feels that this kil is an " act of cowardice ", but he should also recall how his party leader Ram Madhav recently justified militarism: " Everything is fair in love & war " ! Rather than listening to the battle cries of upper caste Hindutva extremists, the Defence Minister should listen to our soldiers strugg on the frontlines : " Among military officers dea with Kashmir, there is almost unanimity about the need for urgent political intervention if the situation has to improve. . " says a report (THE HINDU/May 9).He should also lend his ear to Shri Yashwant Sinha: " The loss of lives in recent incidents was unnecessary & avoidable. The issue of J&K demands a political solution. ." The Centre should drop its Hindu Rashtra agenda & revive Vajpayee's vision: "Insaniyat,Kashmiriyat. ."
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            George Cruz
            May 10, 2017 at 7:44 pm
            You are a Kashmir separatist Sunni Muslim Islamic Jihadist or a Muslim form Kerala/W.Bengal and you are correct in predicting that the hard core Indian armed forces will move in to keep the integrity/security of the J&K from the brainwashed Sunni Muslim terrorists. The days are not far away when the Kashmir separatist Muslims will be forced to quit India because you guys are real traitors.
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            vish
            May 10, 2017 at 4:52 pm
            Shame to humanity and shame to all those politicians like Farooq abdulla.
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              romi
              May 10, 2017 at 3:49 pm
              shame on you hurriyat these jihadis will also some day target yourll in name of azadi yourll have ruined the past present & future generations of your own people
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                Achal
                May 10, 2017 at 3:40 pm
                With this at ude of the region, hats off to brave soldiers of India looking after their soil. Coward at ude and is to be condemned by one and all.
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                  ginololoya
                  May 10, 2017 at 3:39 pm
                  Any Indian Government is WEAKER than even the WEAKEST Government or militant forces in stan. They come into our areas anytime, any place. They can riam around with guns, abduct our men or women, our military men ir women anytime, take them to stan and kill them giving a reason of trespassing or other. We under any Government of ours have not enough brain or force or desire or ability - all included - to do anything. We are found lost in our own World of politics, frivolous elections, ricketi-rick talks and doing nothing to combat such seemingly huge force of stan that now has turned all gears against us. Our Government is sleeping.
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