Kulgam, Lieutenant Umar Fayaz Parray, who was found dead with bullet wounds in Shopian district in southern part of Kashmir, was laid to rest on Wednesday at his Village Sursoona Yaripora of Kulgam District. Top army officials participated in the funeral of slain Umar and offered full military honours to the trooper. A gun salute was also offered to the slain.
The body of the Lieutenant rank officer was found riddled with bullets in Herman area of the district.
Reports said that 22-year-old Parray was commissioned in December 2016 in a Rajputana Rifles battalion in Akhnoor.
Police said the officer, hailing from neighbouring Kulgam district, had gone to Shopian to attend a relative’s marriage function. Local reports suggest that the officer was abducted.
Reacting to the killing, Union Minister Arun Jaitley said, “Abduction and murder of Lt Ummer Fayaz by terrorists in Shopian is a dastardly act of cowardice. This young officer from J&K was a role model.”
J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti also condemned the killing Fayaz.
Fayaz was the only son of an apple farmer and is survived by his parents and two sisters.
On 10 December 2016, he was posted with the Rajputana Rifles in J&K’s Akhnoor sector.
Fayaz completed his schooling from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Aishmuqam, Islamabad in 2012. He graduated from the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi in 2015. He then underwent training at the National Defence Academy near Pune and the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun before being commissioned.