The Indian Army has avenged the killing of Lt Ummer Fayaz, an young army officer who was abducted and murdered by terrorists in May last year.
The army said, two men who were allegedly involved in the act have been neutralised in a counter insurgency operation in Dragad. The two militants identified as Ishfaq Malik and Reyaz Thokar were directly involved in the killing of Lieutenant Fayaz, who was abducted from a wedding at a relative’s house and shot dead in Shopian.
“Out of the seven terrorists killed, two terrorists were involved in the killing of Indian Army Lt Ummer Fayaz. Among the militants killed are Ishfaq Malik and Rayees Thokar. They were responsible for his death,” Commander of the Army’s Srinagar-based 15 Corps Lieutenant General AK Bhatt said.
Bhatt also praised the security forces on the ground for their work.
“Excellent synergy has developed between the police, the Army, the CRFP and the troops on the ground. We had been looking for the terrorists who killed Lt Ummer Fayaz, today we neutralised them. All terrorists killed today were locals,” he said.
Lieutenant Fayaz, a young army officer from Kashmir was found in Shopian district of south Kashmir hours after he was abducted by militants from a wedding procession on May 11. Lieutenant Fayaz who was posted with 2 Rajputana Rifles had gone on a leave to attend a cousin’s wedding from where he was abducted.
The autopsy revealed that the 22-year-old was fired at from a close range, and the bullets had hit his head and stomach or chest region. He was also tortured before the gruesome murder.
Honouring his sacrifice, the army had renaming of an Army school in the area as’Lt. Ummer Fayaz Goodwill School. The two terrorists were among a total of 11 militants killed in Kashmir on Sunday in three simultaneous operations at at Dragad and Kachdoora in Shopian district, and at Dialgam in Anantnag district. Two soldiers and two civilians were also killed in the operations.
The killing of civilians triggered protest among locals resulting in clashes with the security forces which as left some 50 people injured.