Militants kill Young Kashmiri Army Officer

A young army officer who hails from Kashmir valley was killed by militants when he was at a wedding function in the valley. The murder raised a political storm.

Srinagar: Militants assassinated an army officer Fayaz on Wednesday in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir. Police sources said that the body of a Lieutenant rank officer was found with bullet injuries in Hermain area of Shopian district.

The slain army officer was identified as Ummer Fayaz Parry, according to a news channel. Fayaz (22) who hails from neighbouring Kulgam district, reportedly went to attend the marriage of a relative. It is reported that 11 injury marks were found on the officer’s body.

Meanwhile, clashes broke out during the funeral proceedings of Fayaz as villagers pelted stones at the army and police present at the funeral. It is reported that the villagers were annoyed that a proper State burial was being given by Indian Army to the slain officer. Thus, clashes ensued at his native place.

However, politics took the centre stage. While Finance Minister Arun Jaitley condemned the killing of Fayaz, National conference chose to blame the government for the incident.

Fayaz was commissioned into the Indian Army last December. A cheerful young man, he was said to be extremely fond of sports. He was quite popular in his hometown. He was reportedly picked up five to six militants from his relative’s house in Shopian on Tuesday. He was taken to Herman Chowk and shot. The security forces have launched search operations in the area to nab the militants after they received some inputs.

Though militants have been engaging directly in fights with the security forces till now, targeting army officers when off duty and killing them is very uncommon. Hence, officers are concerned.

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