In a tragic incident being reported form Jammu and Kashmir, a body of an Army Lieutenant was found in Shopian district’s Herman in South Kashmir on Wednesday morning. As per reports, bullet marks were found on the head and abdomen of the army officer.

The lieutenant was later identified as Umar Fayaz a resident from Kulgam.

As per police reports, the officer was who had joined the Indian Army 5-month back was kidnapped by the terrorists last night at 10 pm.

“Young and full of life, the officer was just commissioned in December,” army sources added.

According to sources, the doctor was attending a function in Shopian when the incident took place.

Condemning the killing of the the Army officer, Defense minister Arun Jaitly said, “Lt. Umar Fayaz was an exceptional sportsman, his sacrifice reiterates nation’s commitment to eliminate terrorism from the Valley.”

Terming it an act of cowardice, the minister said, “Abduction and murder of Lt. Ummer Fayaz by terrorists is dastardly act of cowardice. This young officer from J&K was a role model.”

Commenting on the matter, a police officer said, “The officer had been kidnapped by militants late on Tuesday evening from Kulgam town where he had gone to attend a family function”.

After the incident was highlighted, MoS Hansraj Ahir, said that a probe has been ordered in the incident.

Previously on May 4, three soldiers and a civilian were injured after their vehicle was ambushed by militants Kashmir’s Shopian district.

In the first week of May thousands of security personnel had cordoned off some 20 villages in south Kashmir in a massive hunt for militants. It was believed that the militants were hiding in the area, but the operation was called off after 8 hours without any arrests.

This was the biggest anti-militancy operation in Kashmir in recent years. It was described by a police officer as “unprecedented”. The operation followed a spree of bank robberies and spurt in militant attacks in south of the valley — a militant hotbed — where insurgents were believed to be moving freely around, recording videos, clicking pictures and posting them on social media groups.

 

(This is a developing story; check this space for further updates)

 

First Published | 10 May 2017 8:11 AM
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