Saturday, 27 May, 2017

Police identify killers of Lieutenant; releases pictures

J&K Police release posters of LeT Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists involved in killing of Army officer Lt Ummer Fayaz Pic courtesy ANI
Heather Davidson | 14 May, 2017, 04:07

After the Indian army vowed to punish the killers of lieutenant Ummer Fayaz, security forces have identified the terrorists who kidnapped and killed the army officer in Shopian, around 30 km from his village.

"His fight started 5 years ago when he chose to join the National Defense Academy (NDA). He has fought that battle successfully and his death will not go waste", Major General Raju said.

He added that the people of Kashmir will have to rise collectively and hit back at the "cowards and perpetrators" of the heinous crime.

Fayaz had been commissioned into the Indian Army in December 2016.

The cheque for Rs 75 lakh was from the Army Group Insurance Fund, apart from another cheque for Rs 1 lakh from the martyr's regiment, Rajputana Rifles.

Underlining the army's operating philosophy that all Kashmiris are not involved in militancy, Rawat said, "We understand that all Kashmiris are not involved in the so-called militancy". He said students are filled with enthusiasm and want to move forward in life in which the Army would provide them every support.

"Also, whenever operations will take place, we will ensure no harm to the civilians".

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The Flags of Honour foundation has organised a candlelight march for the fearless soldier and a proud son of Kashmir who was martyred in a cowardly act.

Hailing from Kulgam district, Lt Fayaz from the Infantry was posted in Akhnoor area in Jammu and was commissioned in the army in December previous year. So I made a decision to join the march to pay my tribute to him.

Earlier, the state police had suspected that the Indian Small Arms System or INSAS rifle that had been snatched from officers in South Kashmir had been used to murder the 22-year-old lieutenant-rank soldier.

"That lamp which could have lit up 100 more lamps and created a new wave here".

"We share the grief of the family and stand in solidarity". Even in this hour of sadness, there was hope. "They have hit two birds with one stone-killing an officer of a freedom-loving family and blaming the Mujahideen (militants) for it", he alleged.

Maj. Gen. Raju met the family and presented a cheque of ₹75 lakh on behalf of the Army. This involves cordoning off an area, and asking civilians and locals to step outside their homes while a hunt is carried out for militants and weapons.

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