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In pics: People pay tribute to Ummer Fayyaz by holding candle light march at India Gate

Fayaz, a lieutenant with the Rajasthan Rifles division, was abducted from the house of a relative in the middle of a wedding function and later killed in Shopian on May 10.

delhi Updated: May 13, 2017 20:53 IST
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Ummer Fayaz

Young girls participate in a candles light march at India Gate on Saturday.(Burhaan Kinu/ HT Photo)

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.

People holding candles at India Gate on Saturday. (Burhaan Kinu/ HT Photo)

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.

A women marcher holding a candle and a poster of Ummer Fayaz. (Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)

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.

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.

People participate in the candle light march at India Gate on Saturday. (Burhaan Kinu/ HT Photo)

Fayaz’s killing is the latest in a series of attacks on security men in the Valley.