A young Army Lieutenant’s body was found in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir.
22-year-old Lt. Umar Fayyaz Parry, who hailed from Kulgam, was on his annual leave and had gone to his maternal grandmother’s house to attend a wedding.
Lt. Umar Fayyaz had joined the army five months ago and was commissioned into the Rajputana Rifles. According to the reports, the officer was abducted at around 10 pm from his cousin’s house. His family, too terrified to report, did not lodge a complaint with the police in hopes that he would be sent back alive.
J&K: Bullet ridden body of a Army lieutenant found in Shopian district’s Herman, in South Kashmir; identified as Umar Fayaz from Kulgam pic.twitter.com/lmeOU3Kgsa
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His bullet-ridden body was found at Herman Chowk in the heart of the Shopian district. The officer was due to attend the Young Officer’s course at Mhow in September and was currently posted at Akhnoor.
According to the reports, Lt. Umar’s funeral saw heavy stone pelting by the locals and firing.
An army officer commented,
Young and full of life, the officer was just commissioned in December. The troops enjoyed being with him. Ummer Fayaz was fresh out of the National Defence Academy (NDA) and knew the risks, but didn’t think twice about going to his village unarmed.
The official statement issued by the Army read,
Some unidentified terrorists yesterday abducted and then killed unarmed Army Officer Lieutenant Umar Faiyaz, who had come on leave to his native place in Kulgam, south Kashmir to attend a marriage in his family. The Army salutes the braveheart and stands by the bereaved family in this hour of tragedy and commits to bringing the perpetrators of this heinous act of terror to justice.
An advisory was recently issued by the state police to security personnel to not visit their ancestral homes especially in south Kashmir. There has been an unprecedented rise in militant activities in such districts.