A candle light march was organised at India Gate on Saturday in tribute to Indian Army officer Ummer Fayaz who was murdered by suspected militants in Kashmir.
Lt Ummer Fayaz, a resident of Kulgam, was abducted from the house of a relative in the middle of a wedding function. His bullet-riddled body was found at Shopian in south Kashmir the next day, on May 10.
Eyewitnesses said a group of armed men entered the house and took away Fayaz, who was sitting with the bride, as more militants waited outside.
Though Kashmiri militant groups have denied killing the Army officer, intelligence agencies suspect that the crime was carried out jointly by Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen fighters.
Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba is also suspected to have a hand in the killing, described by the army as a watershed moment that would turn the tide against terrorism in the Valley.
Delhi: People pay tributes to late army officer Lt. Ummer Fayaz at India Gate, he was abducted and killed by terrorists pic.twitter.com/JpKUn7arq3— ANI (@ANI_news) May 13, 2017
A farmer’s son, Fayaz had been commissioned into the Indian army in December 2016. He was serving as a lieutenant with the Rajasthan Rifles division.
Army officials on Saturday dropped by Fayaz’s residence on the occasion of Chahrrum – the fourth day of mourning – and promised “full support” to his family and presented a cheque of Rs 75 lakh on the Army’s behalf to the relatives of the deceased.
Fayaz’s killing is the latest in a series of attacks on security men in the Valley.