<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terrorists sent a chilling reminder to Mehbooba Mufti-led government on Saturday when they killed an army soldier on leave at Wothmula village in the Shopian district of sensitive south Kashmir.Sepoy Irfan Ahmad Dar of 175 Territorial Army (Engineers), had left home at Senzen village in his car on Friday but did not return. On Saturday morning his bullet riddled body was found in an orchard in nearby Wothmula village in the Shopian district.Superintendent of Police(SP), Shopian, Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar told DNA that preliminary investigation reveal that he was not abducted but shot dead by the militants since he had left home for work in his car.
ALSO READ BSF jawan Rameez Ahmad Parray shot dead by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora“His car was found nearby and his key was in his pocket. It does not look like kidnapping. It is militant action and we have registered a case and hunt is on to nab the militants”, Shriram said.Dar, 23, was posted in Gurez sector along the Line of Control in North Kashmir’s Bandiproa district. He had come home on leave few days before and was driving his own car when he went missing. “He was a Sepoy posted in some engineering wing of the army at Gurez”, said Shriram.This comes months after September killing of a BSF jawan in Bandipora’s Hajin. The terrorists had stormed the house of Rameez Ahmad Parray and started firing indiscriminately. The 30-year-old BSF personnel, who was also on leave, was declared dead on arrival at the local hospital.Parray’s killing was a stark reminder of the the kidnapping and murder of Lt Umar Faiyaz, a 22-year-old young army officer, who was posted with 2 Rajputana Rifle.
ALSO READ BJP leader found dead with throat slit open in Jammu and Kashmir’s ShopianLt Faiyaz was was picked up from his house at Harmein in Kulgam in May. The body of the young officer was later found three kilometres from his house.The incident took place when the army officer had gone to attend the wedding ceremony of a relative.He was abducted by five to six terrorists from his relative’s house in south Kashmir’s Shopian.His bullet-riddled body was found in Harmain area of Shopian. A local boy from Kulgam district, Faiyaz was in the Infantry and posted in Akhnoor area in Jammu.He was commissioned in the Army in December last year. His death, particularly the brutal nature of it had shaken the Valley.