All Kashmiris must condemn Lt Ummer's killing: Army chief

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Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz from RAJRIF unit in Akhnoor had gone to attend the wedding of his uncle's daughter at Batapura (Near Behibagh) last Tuesday, from where he was abducted by terrorists and his bullet ridden body was found at Harmen, said the Army in a statement. "He chose to do the unconventional (hat ke kaam kiya) by joining the army", Raju said while talking to media men.

"This marks a watershed moment in the Kashmir Valley and people of Kashmir will decisively turn the tide against terrorism", said Lt Gen Abhay Krishna, Colonel of Rajputana Rifles and General Officer Commanding in Chief of the South Western Command, as per IANS. Security forces are carrying out searches in various areas to nab the six militants, the source said.

He also assured action against militants in a way that no civilians are hurt or posed any inconvenience during the army operations.

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The young Indian Army officer who was abducted and then brutally killed by terrorists, was cremated with full honours in Sursun in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir. "He was encouraging other young people to join a force which the whole country is proud of", he said. Many tourists who flocked the area also spontaneously joined the march in the evening. "Bharat Mata ki Jai" rent the air, along with cries condemning Pakistan and militant groups in the Valley.

A top police official said that the terrorists had snatched weapons recently, and they could have been used in the killing. "I am sure that the summer will be peaceful", he added.

He was referring to the Hague-based ICJ staying the execution of the 46-year-old Indian, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of spying.

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Fayaz, 22, who belonged to 2 Rajput Rifles, was killed as he had come on a vacation to native district of Kulgam.

"This candle march has been organised to pay our homage to Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz, a young army officer and an apple farmer's son". He was part of the 129th batch of cadets from the National Defence Academy in Pune.

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