Who will avenge the Kashmiri Army officer?

Defence News: PTI May 10th: Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz, 22, who hailed from Sursona village in Kulgam district was abducted and shot dead by militants in Shopian district where he had gone to attend a wedding function.

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Photo: Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz

He was on leave from duty. Out to attend the wedding of the daughter of his maternal uncle at Batapura,  from where he was abducted by the militants at around 10 pm last night, officials said. He had bullet marks in his neck and Abdomen.

People said two masked men entered the house & asked for Fayaz, to accompany them.After his body was recovered, autopsy report showed marks on his body, revealing he had resisted the militants who abducted him. The killing caused rage among villagers who demanded that the men responsible be found and punished

Fayaz, described by  army officials as a promising officer, was commissioned in the  Rajputana Rifles regiment of the army in December last year and was on leave for the first time to attend the marriage.  He was to return to his unit in Akhnoor on May 25.

His family members told the police that they did not inform anybody about the abduction as they were hopeful of his release after a possible warning, which has been the case with policemen in the region, senior officials said. Apparently that did not  happen. Army has asked all its units in and around the area to launch a manhunt for the killers.

Born on June 8, 1994, Fayaz had studied at Navodaya Vidyalaya, a branch of government schools for gifted students, at Ashmuquam in South Kashmir. He belonged to the 129th batch of cadets from the prestigious Pune-based National Defence Academy.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, condemned the killing, said, “what was more painful to note is that the young officer had come home on vacation where he was attending the marriage of his cousin.”

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley described the abduction and killing as “a dastardly act” of cowardice. “This young officer from J&K was a role model,” Jaitley said in a tweet.

Various other ministers passed similar remarks but do we not have had enough? How will tweets and nice words fill the void? Why would we compromise with our citizens security for some stone pelting, gun trotting scumbags? Yes their lives are definitely lesser than those of patriots!

Lives of stone pelters may not matter as much, because they are not the one’s for peace and stability. They care less about the society but more about the payment they get and the fun that they have pelting stones at the Army. Besides, they want to go with Pakistan, where else will they find a place where they can supress women, abuse children and run their personal monarchies under ancient laws?

All this because Indian Army is too nice to deal with them. If militant supporters were expecting a bullet between the eyes every time they pick up a stone, you bet there will be no one picking up a paper ball, forget a stone. Time to put humanity aside for a while and deal with the situation with an iron hand. Only then shall we have peace. For doves, do we not have had enough?

Written by Baldeva Singh

Baldeva Singh is a tough talking nationalist who has a flair for writing. Defence matters, technical details on weapons and war scenarios are his key expert areas. Baldev is known to walk the talk in his personal life. He is from Patiala (Punjab). His friends call him a “blunt weapon” but he is often found reading old books when free!

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