Fayaz had only been five months into service. Photograph: (Twitter)
Just about a month before his birthday, a young Indian army officer was kidnapped from a family function by terrorists in Kashmir. The officer was a 22-year-old Lieutenant of the Rajputana Rifles, Umer Fayaz.
He would have turned 23 yesterday. Birthday wishes were pouring in yesterday and today, remembering the slain soldier.
Happy birthday Umar Fayaz !— Amulya Mishra (@AmulyaMishra9) June 9, 2017
We salute you 🙏🙏🙏 https://t.co/skXcR1GJEE
He was just a few years older than me. I feel I've lost a close friend of mine. I can never forget this. "Umar Fayaz" is etched on my mind.— Progyadeep Moulik (@_progyadeep_) June 9, 2017
Umar Fayaz would have celebrated his birthday today had life not been cut short by terrorist.— Prakash Gaba (@PrakashGaba) June 9, 2017
We join you in remembering Umar Fayaz--Rest assured, he will be remembered by many with affection and admiration--as one of our very own https://t.co/gQCUfergjd— MadhuPurnima Kishwar (@madhukishwar) June 8, 2017
Fayaz’s body was found a day later, 30 km away from the village where he had gone to attend a cousin’s wedding. Media reports said 11 injury marks were found on the army officer's body.
He was shot twice.
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Eyewitnesses said a group of armed men entered the house and took away Fayaz, who was sitting with the bride, as more terrorists waited outside.
Fayaz had only been five months into service. He had taken a leave to attend the family wedding.
Terrorists in Kashmir have been indulging in direct face-offs with the security forces. However, targeting army officers, when off-duty, and murdering them is not very common.
This was the first instance since 1991 that a Kashmiri army officer on leave was murdered in his home state. There have, however, been reports of attacks on policemen and their families in Kashmir.