Centre assures justice for murder of Kashmiri Army officer

| Updated: May 10, 2017 21:19 IST

New Delhi [India], May 10 (ANI): The Centre on Wednesday assured justice for the murder of Army officer Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz, who was killed by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district. "Shocked by killing of Lt. Ummer Fayaz in J&K by terrorists. My prayers with the family. Perpetrators of the crime will be brought to justice," Naidu tweeted. Condemning the abduction of Lieutenant Fayaz, Union Defence Minister Arun Jaitley earlier in the day 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." <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">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</p>&mdash; Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) <a href="https://twitter.com/arunjaitley/status/862189658955841536">May 10, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Asserting that the deceased officer was an exceptional sportsman, Jaitley said his sacrifice reiterates nation's commitment to eliminate terrorism from the Valley. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Lt. Ummer Fayaz of 2RAJRIF was an exceptional sportsman, his sacrifice reiterates nation&#39;s commitment to eliminate terrorism from the Valley</p>&mdash; Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) <a href="https://twitter.com/arunjaitley/status/862191824655400960">May 10, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Expressing grief over the incident, he further condoled the death of the officer. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We share the grief of family of Lt. Ummer Fayaz & stand in solidarity. Lt. Ummer Fayaz will continue to inspire youth from the Valley.</p>&mdash; Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) <a href="https://twitter.com/arunjaitley/status/862192013285793792">May 10, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>. 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. (ANI)

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