<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When militants killed 22-year-old army officer Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz in May, little did they realize that their actions will only strengthen the resolve of the Kashmiri youth to serve the motherland by joining the Indian army.Militants had abducted Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz, of the Rajputana Riffles from his maternal uncle’s home in Batpora village of South Kashmir’s Shopian district, where he had gone to attend cousin’s wedding on May 10.Lieutenant Fayaz, who was unarmed and had come home on leave, was taken to the neighboring Harmain village, where he was shot dead. Hailing from the Sadsun village of Kulgam district, his assassination had shocked the entire nation, since the officer was unarmed and commissioned in the Army just a few months ago. Six months on, thousands of youth swarmed the army recruitment rally in Kupwara to don the olive greens and defend the motherland against the inimical elements in the strife-torn Jammu and Kashmir.Army’s Recruitment Rally commenced on November 15 at Panzgam garrison for the candidates of the border districts of Kupwara and Bandipora in North Kashmir.“An overwhelming response was visible among the locals of the remote border district as youths in thousands turned up for participating in various tests conducted for enrollment into Indian Army”, said an army spokesman at Srinagar. The rally which is being conducted from November 15 to 23 will test the candidates for their physical standards and other ground tests followed by an aptitude test and medical examination. A candidate has to clear all these tests and examination with high standards so as to get a seat in the final merit list. “Candidates were seen to be highly motivated and over-exuberant as they braved out the winter and came in thousands for the early morning run. The huge turnout of youth is a clear indicator that they pay no heed to the calls given by inimical element and want to be part of elite Indian Army and participate in nation building”, said the spokesman.This is the second time in four months when Kashmiri youth have defied odds to join the Indian army. More than 3000 youth from Jammu and Kashmir appeared for the written exam for the selection of officers in the Territorial Army in July. Of whom, more than 800 youth hailed from the restive Kashmir valley alone, a figure which is almost double than the previous year.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security forces gunned down a top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander, Ishfaq Ahmad Paddar, in the Tantray Pora village of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Saturday. The terrorist was reportedly involved in the assassination of a young Kashmiri Army officer, Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz, who was killed on May 10.Police said that after receiving a tip-off about his movement, a joint team of Kulgam police and 62 Rashtriya Rifles laid an ambush and trapped the dreaded militant. In a bid to escape, Ishfaq fired indiscriminately. The forces retaliated and he was killed.Ishfaq, along with Mohammad Abass and Gayas-ul-Islam, had abducted Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz, 22, of the Rajputana Riffles from his maternal uncle’s home in Batpora village of Shopian district, where he had gone to attend a cousin’s wedding. Fayaz was taken to a neighbouring village, where he was shot dead.Fayaz hailed from the Sadsun village of Kulgam district and his assassination had shocked the entire nation, since the officer was unarmed and commissioned in the Army just a few months ago.Investigation had revealed that Fayaz had two gunshot wounds on his body. The empty cartridges found near the spot proved that the terrorists used the snatched INSAS rifle to shoot at him.”At the time, Ishfaq was with Hizbul Mujhadeen (HM). Later, he joined the LeT. He is the first of the three terrorists involved in Lieutenant Fayaz’s killing, who has been neutralised,” Superintendent of Police, Kulgam, Shridhar Patil said.Two other terrorists involved in the assassination are still on the run. “Ishfaq was notorious in the area. He had been targeting the civilian population to unleash terror. Killing him is a great success for the security forces and also a relief for the local populace,” Patil said.Police said besides this incident, Ishfaq was also involved in robberies at the Kader branches of Jammu and Kashmir Bank and Ellaquai Dehati Bank. He was also involved in a firing incident at Yaripora police station. An AK 47 rifle, two AK 47 magazines, 42 AK 47 rounds, and a pouch were recovered from his possession.Meanwhile, stone pelting rocked Eidgah in Srinagar after the Eid prayers, prompting the forces to use smoke shells to disperse the mob.
Updated: Sep 2, 2017, 01:35 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist, who was gunned down by the 62 Rashtriya Rifle (RR) and the Special Operations Group (SOG) at Tantripora village of Kulgam district on Saturday morning, has been identified as Ishfaq Padder, who was involved in the killing of Lieutenant Umar Fayaz.The mobile internet services were also snapped in Shopian and Kulgam districts of South Kashmir following the encounter.On specific input, a joint team of security forces had laid an ambush to trap this terrorist.
ALSO READ J&K: Army officer Ummer Fayaz killed by terrorists, govt calls it ‘dastardly act of cowardice’After the successful elimination of one, the security forces are looking for his accomplices.Yesterday, one of the five injured policemen of the Pantha Chowk terrorist attack succumbed to his injuries.
ALSO READ J&K: Stone pelters target Army officer Ummer Fayaz’s funeral procession, Centre assures justice At least five police personnel got injured after terrorists attacked their bus at Pantha Chowk area on the outskirts of Srinagar.An Assistant Sub-Inspector of Border Security Force (BSF) also lost his life in a ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> On the occasion of Independence Day, Lieutenant General J S Sandhu on Tuesday remembered 22-year-old Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz who was killed by terrorists in Shopian, and assured that his killers have been identified and that the Indian Army is on their trail. Speaking to the reporters here, the GoC 15 Corps said, ?Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz was the cynosure of all eyes in his Rajputana Rifles unit at Jammu district?s Akhnoor sub-division. He was loved by his colleagues, and performed every task allotted to him in an immaculate fashion. It commits to bring the perpetrators of this heinous act of terror to justice. I would also like to assure that the people involved in his killing are identified and we are on their trail. We will soon provide him and his family justice?. Further speaking on Army Goodwill School which is renamed as Shaheed Lt. Ummer Fayaz, Sandhu said it is a symbolic dedication to him for others to join us in future. ?To coincide with the 71st Independence Day of our Country Army Goodwill School Behibagh in Kulgam renamed as Shaheed Lt. Ummer Fayaz Goodwill School and Computer museum are being dedicated in the school and simultaneously today in various schools of District Pulwama , Bandipora, Ganderbal, Shopian, and Anantnag in South Kashmir,? Sandhu said. Further adding on the normalcy in the Valley, Sandhu stated that people participating in protests and agitation are reducing. ?The number of protests in Valley and people participating in it are reducing. People are fed up with agitations and want their lives to go on normally, which is a good thing not just for us but for the citizens of the state. We have been fighting terrorism for 27 years but are confident of making major dent and bringing things under control to great extent,? he added. On May 11, a bullet-riddled body of Lieutenant Fayaz was found in Shopian district of south Kashmir hours after he was abducted by militants from a wedding procession. Lieutenant Fayaz, was posted with 2 Rajputana Rifles and had applied for leave to attend a cousin’s wedding in Shopian. The autopsy report showed marks on his body, indicating that the officer had resisted the suspected militants who had abducted him. He was fired at from a close range, and the bullets had hit his head and stomach or chest region. Locals said two masked men entered the house at 8 p.m.. The men asked Lt Fayaz, who was unarmed, to accompany them, and warned the family not to inform the police. The killing caused anger among locals who demanded that the men responsible be identified and punished.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In less than two weeks, security forces today conducted the second major cordon-and-search operation in Kashmir’s Shopian district but called it off after hours as no militant could be found but not before stone-pelting mobs hampered it. The search operation, in which a large number of security forces were involved, was launched in Heff village in the Zainapora area following information about presence of militants there, an Army official said. The operation, which started in the early hours, was hampered by local residents who pelted the forces with stones, a police official said. The official said additional security force personnel were sent to the area to disperse the stone-pelters. No casualties were reported in stone-pelting, he said. The forces did not find any militant or hideouts and as a result, the operation was called off, the official said. The search operation was carried out two weeks after a similar but larger operation was undertaken in Shopian district which has witnessed a spurt in militant activities recently. In the operation conducted on May 4, about 4,000 troops scanned two dozen villages of Shopian district for a day but could not find any militant. However, while the troops were returning on that day, militants attacked an Army patrol, resulting in the death of a taxi driver and injuries to several security personnel. Six days after that operation, a young Kashmiri Army officer Lt Ummer Fayaz, who was on leave and unarmed, was abducted and shot dead by militants in the same district where he had gone to attend a family wedding. Major General B S Raju, General Officer Commanding (GoC) of Victor Force which is responsible for security in south Kashmir, had said on Saturday lat that more than 100 militants are active in that region. “I am aware of the presence of the militants in the area (south Kashmir) and I must tell you that because of the high vegetation that is there, they are having slight amount of freedom but we are doing operations in a way to restrict their movement and subsequently neutralize them, he had said. Operations in south Kashmir have been intensified in the wake of videos of large groups of militants — in some cases as many as 30 — surfacing on the social media, despite a ban imposed by authorities on 22 such sites and applications. Security agencies believed the videos had been shot in the south Kashmir area, mostly in the Shopian district.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hinting that India will strike back against Pakistan in response to beheading of its soldiers, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said it should not be presumed that “nothing is happening”.”The surgical strike took 10-15 days of preparations.Please do not presume that nothing is happening (from our side) on behalf of the government,” Singh said. He was speaking at the ‘Samvaad’ conclave on India TV news channel.”I can say this much for now that we will not allow our countrymen to hang their heads in shame,” Singh added.When asked whether the army should again cross the border and retaliate against the terrorists, Singh said, “I should not react (to this question). The one who brags too much, never does…we will not announce in advance, we will do it”.
ALSO READ Soldiers mutilation: IAS officer, wife come forward to financially aid daughter of one of the martyrsReplying to a question on beheading of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops earlier this month, Singh said that people in the government also feel the pain of the countrymen.”There is pain in our hearts, but we will not allow that pain to continue for a long time,” he added.
ALSO READ Jammu & Kashmir: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Rajouri again, Indian Army retaliatesSpeaking on the brutal killing of Kashmiri army officer Ummer Fayaz, the home minister said whatever happened to him has caused pain to all Indians, including Kashmiris.Fayaz was a role model for youth in the valley, he added.
ALSO READ ‘His path will inspire people’: Outrage and grief at India Gate over killing of army officer Ummer FayazSingh claimed there has been a whopping 450 per cent spike in the number of Maoists who have surrendered in the last two years, and added that there has been a 40 to 45 per cent decline in Maoist activities
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The people of Jammu and Kashmir have to choose between peace and violence, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said today as she asked students to focus on their education by letting the elders address bigger issues. “The people here need to decide…they need to think what they want and how they want it. (Whether) by pelting stones, by killing bright children like (young army officer) Ummer Fayaz or a bank employee or a youth working in police (who work hard for earning their livelihood) or by resorting to looting banks and weapons? “Are we not, God forbid, strangulating Kashmiriyat (by such acts)? I am hopeful that people here are fundamentally peace-loving and prefer brotherhood and would not forget the teachings of Kashmiriyat or co-existence with every religion,” she said. The chief minister was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in her home constituency of Anantnag in south Kashmir. On being asked about the student protests across the valley, Mehbooba said the students should focus on their education and leave the bigger issues to the elders. “They all are our children whether they study in schools or not. I think our children are intelligent and I have said it time and again that wherever our children go, whether in sports or education or KAS and IAS examinations or out of the country, they excel. “But unfortunately, I think someone has cast an evil eye on their intelligence, on the people of Kashmir and this beautiful valley. I feel the children should study and the bigger issues should be addressed by the elders, she said. She also appealed the parents and teachers to help the children focus on their studies. Incidentally, the chief minister had yesterday met 21-year-old football coach Afshan Ashiq. A photograph that captured her hurling stones in rage at policemen has become the new defining image of stone pelters in the valley. The PDP leader also raised the issue of corruption and how it takes a backseat when the valley witnesses law and order situation. “Corruption is a big issue. Unfortunately when the situation deteriorates here, all our attention shifts towards maintaining law and order. All other issues like of development and corruption remain somewhere behind,” she added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jammu and Kashmir police have announced a bounty on the heads of three Hizbul Mujhadeen militants for the abduction and killing of 22-year-old army officer Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz.Ishfaq Ahmad Thoker, Mohammad Abass Bhat and Gayas ul Islam were part of the Hizbul group that carried out the act on Tuesday evening.Police have also pasted posters of the men in Shopian with their pictures superimposed on them, urging locals to share information about the trio to ensure they are brought to justice.”The criminals are involved in acts of terrorism, including the murder of Lt Ummer Fayaz. Any person providing information regarding the above mentioned criminals will be suitably rewarded and his identify will be kept a secret,” read the posters in English.”We have assured a suitable award for whoever comes forth with information pertaining to the three Hizbul Mujhadeen militants. Depending on the quality of information, the individual will suitably rewarded. The cash reward amount will depend on the information we receive,” said Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar, Superintendent of Police, Shopian.UNDER TARGETIshfaq Ahmad Thoker, Mohammad Abass Bhat and Gayas ul Islam were part of the Hizbul group responsible for the abduction and killing of 22-year-old army officer Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz.
Police have also pasted posters of the men in Shopian with their pictures superimposed on them, urging locals to share information about the trio. The cash reward amount will depend on the information received.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shiv Sena today sharpened its attack on the Centre over the absence of a full-time defence minister and accused it of “toying” with national security. “It has been three months since the change of the defence minister but we do not have anybody handling the ministry full time as yet. A nation as big as India not having a full-time defence minister amounts to toying with national security,” the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’. “People are responsible for this (of voting BJP-led government to power) and soldiers are now bearing the brunt of this misdeed (people’s choice),” it said. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was given the additional charge of the Defence Ministry in March after Manohar Parrikar resigned to take on his new role of Goa Chief Minister. The Sena also said it is evident from the “casual” manner in which issues of soldiers and farmers are being handled that the government is hit by a “mental scam”. “People who are today roaming around as saviours of the nation are not able to hear out farmers nor can they lend a ear to the sorrows of family members of soldiers being brutally killed. The slaying of soldiers in the past one year should be treated as culpable homicide by the government,” it said. Sena’s criticism of the government comes in the backdrop of the killing of a young Kashmiri Army officer Lt Ummer Fayaz. Fayaz had gone to attend the wedding of the daughter of his maternal uncle at Batapura, about 74 kms from Srinagar, from where he was abducted by militants on Tuesday. His bullet riddled body was found on Wednesday morning.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In the wake of the barbaric abduction and killing of Indian Army Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz by terrorists in Kashmir, the Shiv Sena on Friday lashed out at the Centre over the lack of a ?full time? Defence Minister. The Shiv Sena in its Saamana editorial blatantly attacked the Centre over its manner of handling the current situation Kashmir in the most ?casual? manner. “The irony of this situation is that, India does not have a full-time Defence Minister and the Prime Minister Modi-led Central Government does not seem serious after all that has happened in the country. The government is adopting a very half- hearted and indifferent approach towards the issue,? the editorial read. The Shiv Sena also called out the Government for its casual approach towards the alarming situation in Kashmir, stating that the Centre seems to have been trapped in a “mental scam”. The young Indian Army officer who was abducted and then brutally killed by terrorists, was cremated with full honours in Sursun in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir. Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz from RAJRIF unit in Akhnoor had gone to attend the wedding of his uncle’s daughter at Batapura (Near Behibagh) on Tuesday, from where he was reportedly abducted by terrorists and his bullet ridden body was found at Harmen, said the Army in a statement. His mortal remains underwent postmortem at the District Hospital in Shopian and was subsequently brought to Sursun for burial with full military honors. Lt. Fayaz was commissioned on 10th December 2016 from the National Defence Academy and was set to head for the Young Officers Course in September this year. “He was part of the Hockey Team of NDA, excellent volleyball player. He was physically tough and the troops enjoyed being with him,” the Army said. The police said that the officer was shot by terrorists five times in an orchard. His body was found lying by a local at Harman orchard and subsequently after being informed, the police rushed to the spot.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir police achieved a major breakthrough on Thursday after they identified the three Hizbul Mujahedeen terrorists who had used one of the INSAS rifles snatched from the cops to kill the 22-year-old army officer Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz in Shopian.The breakthrough was achieved on the day Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi met the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and discussed the overall security situation in the state.Preliminary investigations into the case have pointed to the role of Hizbul Mujahedeen. The suspects have been identified as Ishfaq Thakur, Mohammad Abass and Gayas ul islam who were part of the group that carried out the dastardly act on Tuesday evening.
ALSO READ J&K: Stone pelters target Army officer Ummer Fayaz’s funeral procession, Centre assures justice “During preliminary investigation, it has surfaced that Ishfaq Thakur, Mohammad Abass and Gayas ul Islam were involved in the incident. There are others as well who were involved. This group is actively operating in the area. These terrorists are wanted in bank robberies, murders and other cases,” Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar, superintendent of police, Shopian, told DNA.Lt Fayaz was abducted from the residence of his maternal uncle in Batpora village where he had gone to attend the marriage of his cousin sister on Tuesday evening. He was taken to the neighbouring Harmain village where he was shot dead.
ALSO READ WATCH | Kanpur: Group of Sadhus being trained to take on stone pelters in KashmirInvestigations have revealed that Lieutenant Fayaz had two gunshot wounds on his body. The empty cartridges found near the spot have proved that the terrorists had used snatched INSAS rifle to shoot at the army officer.Terrorists have snatched nearly 40 weapons from police personnle in the last one year. Four INSAS and one AK 47 riffle were snatched on May 3 when terrorists stormed the district court complex in Shopian and disarmed the cops before fleeing with weapons.Police are investigating the case from all possible angles and activated their sources to track down the terrorists responsible for the killing.”We are trying to find out what exactly has happened. The people who had abducted the officer were masked. The family is in shock. We are making concerted efforts with neighbouring districts also to flush them (terrorists) out of the safe heaven and bring them to justice,” said Shriram.Police are also using human and technical intelligence to track down the terrorists and expose the conspiracy. “We are also looking at technical evidence as well. We are looking at all possible information we get,” he said.Security forces have already launched cordon and search operations to dominate the area and hunt down the terrorists. “Lot of operations were conducted yesterday. Even now some cordon and search operation were conducting. We are dominating the area to flush out the terrorists. Terrain is such that the operation requires a lot of planning. We will flush them out,” said Shriram.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti condemned the killing of Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz, the young army officer from Kulgam, by militants and questioned whether murders or looting banks would resolve anything.She said it was a “big tragedy” that the people “who are crying over the Kashmir issue” are killing Kashmiris “especially our youth who come from ordinary background and want to succeed in life like the martyr Fayaz”.Talking to reporters, she said Fayaz had become an officer in the army at such a young age of 22 “and was brutally killed within few seconds.”
ALSO READ J&K: Stone pelters target Army officer Ummer Fayaz’s funeral procession, Centre assures justice The Chief Minister said such incidents are “a moment of reckoning” for the people of the state to see whether the solution of the Kashmir issue lied in killing people and looting banks.”Police personnel and bank officials have also been killed before. So I feel it is a moment of reckoning for the people of Jammu and Kashmir, especially the people of the Valley, that those who cry over Kashmir issue… does the solution to this issue lie in looting banks and weapons or brutally killing our youth who become something or want to become something after getting education,” she said.
ALSO READ J&K: Army officer Ummer Fayaz killed by terrorists, govt calls it ‘dastardly act of cowardice’Earlier, in a statement, Mehbooba condemned the killing of Lt Fayaz, saying “what was more painful to note is that the young officer had come home on vacation where he was attending the marriage of his cousin.”The Army vowed to punish the killers of young Kashmiri Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz and said the incident marks a watershed moment in Kashmir Valley as people there will decisively turn the tide against terrorism.Calling the attack a “dastardly act of cowardice” by militants, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said Fayaz’s sacrifice reiterates the nation’s commitment to eliminate terrorism from the Valley.The bullet-riddled body of 22-year-old Fayaz was found in Harmen area of Shopian in South Kashmir this morning, hours after he was abducted by militants from Batpura village where he had gone to attend his cousin’s wedding.”I assure the family that the perpetrators of this heinous crime and dastardly act will not be spared,” Lt Gen Abhay Krishna, General Officer Commanding-in Chief of South Western Command and Colonel of Rajputana Riffles, said, in a condolence message to the family of Fayaz.Fayaz, hailing from Kulgam in South Kashmir, was with Rajputana Rifles and had taken leave to attend the wedding. He was commissioned into the Army on December 10 last year and according to his colleagues, he was popular for his simplicity and honesty.Lt Gen Krishna said people of Kashmir will have to rise collectively and hit back at the “cowards and perpetrators” of the heinous crime, adding they can no longer tolerate such tragic losses of their “beloved sons”.”This marks a watershed moment in Kashmir Valley and people of Kashmir will decisively turn the tide against terrorism,” he said, conveying to family of Fayaz that the Army stands shoulder-to-shoulder with it.Expressing anguish over the killing of the young officer Jaitley said Fayaz would continue to inspire youth from Kashmir.”Abduction & murder of Lt. Ummer Fayaz by terrorists in Shopian is a dastardly act of cowardice. This young officer from J&K was a role model,” Jaitley said in a tweet.”Fayaz was an exceptional sportsman, his sacrifice reiterates nation’s commitment to eliminate terrorism from the Valley.”It was for the first time that he had taken leave after joining the Army, a senior official said. He was supposed to have returned to his unit in the Akhnoor area of Jammu on May 25.The killing caused anger among locals who demanded that the men responsible be identified and punished.Army officers posted with Rajputana Riffles said Fayaz was loved by his colleagues and he was known for immaculately performing the alloted tasksHis father, a farmer, has a small apple business. Fayaz was part of the hockey team of NDA and was also an excellent volleyball player.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The abduction and murder of a Kashmiri army officer by terrorists in Shopian is a dastardly act of cowardice, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said today. Expressing anguish over the killing of 23-year-old Lt Ummer Fayaz, whose bullet-riddled body was found in Harmen area of Shopian this morning, Jaitley conveyed his condolences to the family and said he would continue to inspire youth from the Valley. “Abduction & murder of Lt. Ummer Fayaz by terrorists in Shopian is a dastardly act of cowardice. This young officer from J&K was a role model,” Jaitley said in a tweet. Fayaz, who had been commissioned in the army only five months ago in December 2016, had gone to attend his cousin’s wedding in Batapura when he was reportedly abducted by terrorists around 10 PM yesterday, officials said. Jaitley said Fayaz’s sacrifice reiterates the nation’s commitment to eliminate terrorism from the Valley. “Lt Ummer Fayaz of 2RAJRIF was an exceptional sportsman, his sacrifice reiterates nation’s commitment to eliminate terrorism from the Valley,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Condemning the abduction and murder of Army officer Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir?s Shopian district, Union Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday dubbed it a ?dastardly act of cowardice.? Taking to Twitter Jaitley said, ?Abduction & murder of Lt. Ummer Fayaz by terrorists in Shopian is a dastardly act of cowardice. This young officer from J&K was a role mode.? Asserting that the deceased officer was an exceptional sportsman, Jaitley said his sacrifice reiterates nation’s commitment to eliminate terrorism from the Valley Expressing grief over the incident, he further condoled the death of the officer. . The young Indian Army officer who was abducted and then brutally killed by terrorists, was cremated with full honours in Sursun in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir. Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz from RAJRIF unit in Akhnoor had gone to attend the wedding of his uncle?s daughter at Batapura (Near Behibagh) on Tuesday, from where he was reportedly abducted by terrorists and today morning his bullet riddled body was found at Harmen, said the Army in a statement. His mortal remains underwent postmortem at the District Hospital in Shopian and was subsequently brought to Sursun for burial with full military honors. Lt. Fayaz was commissioned on 10th December 2016 from the National Defence Academy and was set to head for the Young Officers Course in September this year. ?He was part of the Hockey Team of NDA, excellent volleyball player. He was physically tough and the troops enjoyed being with him,? the Army said. The police said that the officer was shot by terrorists five times in an orchard. His body was found lying by a local at Harman orchard and subsequently after being informed, the police rushed to the spot.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)