Stones were pelted when martyred Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz’s body was brought to his village for the funeral. According to India Today, a big group of villagers started pelting stones after a misfire but the funeral was conducted peacefully without any interruptions. Earlier yesterday, Lt Ummer Fayaz had been abducted and killed by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district. His body was discovered in Harmain area in the morning, with multiple bullet holes. And while attacks on security forces by militants have not been uncommon, such an instance of abduction and killing is a first. According to reports, both the central and the state governments have reviewed the situation. However, there are certain reports that there were no incidents of stone pelting. FinancialExpress.com cannot verify the authenticity of the videos.
In a tweet, former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah had to say, “Before you reach for the pellet gun I refer you to @nazir_masoodi’s tweets he’s in the area & says these reports of stone pelting are wrong.”
Before you reach for the pellet gun I refer you to @nazir_masoodi‘s tweets he’s in the area & says these reports of stone pelting are wrong. https://t.co/ydGsITbYFD
— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) May 10, 2017
An army official told reporters that some unidentified terrorists had abducted and killed the young army official. He had said that the Indian Army saluted the braveheart and stood by the family of the deceased in the hour of tragedy. He also informed reporters that the army was committed to bringing the perpetrators of the heinous terror attack to justice. According to reporters, Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz was in the Rajputana Rifles infantry and had been posted in Jammu’s Akhnoor area. Hailing from Kulgam district, Fayaz had been commissioned in last year in the army.
The army official further informed PTI that Fayaz had returned to Kulgam to attend a wedding ceremony with his family. Lt Fayaz had passed out of the National Defence Academy and was about to go for a ‘Young Officers Course’ in September. He was also a part of the hockey team. Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said that he was an exceptional sportsman. “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 postmortem was carried out at the District Hospital in Shopian and his mortal remains were then brought to Sursun for burial with full military honours. Meanwhile, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley had termed the attack as a dastardly act of cowardice and said, “This young officer from Jammu and Kashmir was a role model. We share the grief of family of Lt. Ummer Fayaz & stand in solidarity. Lt. Ummer Fayaz will continue to inspire youth from the Valley,” Jaitley had tweeted.