Srinagar, May 10: Stone pelting was reported at the funeral of martyr Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz on Wednesday. While initial reports on TV Channel CNN-News18 said that locals pelted stone on the people who gathered to pay their last respects to Lt Fayaz in Jammu and Kashmir, later an update said that the incident was different from this. Updated reports on News18 said that stones were pelted after the gun of an Army man went off accidentally, triggering panic among the mourners.
Lt Fayaz was abducted by terrorists on Tuesday following which he was shot dead and his body was disposed in Shopian. His bullet-riddled body was found in Shopian district’s Herman, in South Kashmir.
Reports say 22-year-old Lt Fayaz visited Kulgam to attend the wedding of his maternal cousin. He was abducted by terrorists and shot dead. “Umar had recently joined the Army and yesterday he had gone to attend a family function,” an officer said.
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday called it a act of cowardice and termed the slain officer a role model. Jaitley posted on Twitter, “Lt Ummer Fayaz of 2 RAJRIF was an exceptional sportsman, his sacrifice reiterates nation’s commitment to eliminate terrorism from the Valley. We share the grief of family of Lt. Ummer Fayaz & stand in solidarity. Lt. Ummer Fayaz will continue to inspire youth from the Valley.”
Calling it a dastardly act, the Indian Army also condemned the incident and issued a statement saluting the braveheart. The army said that it stands by the bereaved family in this hour of tragedy.
“Young and full of life, the officer was just commissioned in December. The troops enjoyed being with him,” army sources said. “He didn’t think twice about going to his village unarmed,” army sources said.
Lt Ummer Fayaz was a 22-year-old army officer and had joined army five months ago. He joined the 129 course of the National Defence Academy and was allotted Delta Squadron. He passed out of the NDA in December 2015 and joined the Indian Military Academy from where he was commissioned into the Army on December 10, 2016. He was commissioned into 2nd Battalion The Rajputana Rifles. (Here’s all you need to know about Lt Fayaz)