J&K school renamed after slain soldier


The Army on Saturday said a school had been renamed after Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz - killed by militants in south Kashmir - and his family handed over a cheque for Rs 75 lakh.

The Shopian district police on Friday put up posters across the township in Kashmir with a photograph of three Hizbul Mujahideen militants who are suspected to have killed Army officer Ummer Fayaz.

Underlining that Lieutenant Ummer was trying to take Kashmir forward, the army chief said that the young officer was a role model for all young Kashmiris and this action has taken Kashmiris back.

The militants threatened the family members against informing the police or the Army, because of which they did not report it to anybody.

Fayaz, who studied at Navodaya Vidyalaya, a branch of government schools for gifted students, at Ashmuquam in south Kashmir, joined the Army after being commissioned in December. If anyone wanted something, they should have informed us.

"Also, whenever operations will take place, we will ensure no harm to the civilians".

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Security forces are carrying out searches in various areas to nab the six militants, the source said.

"The army is here for maintaining peace and we will make efforts so that peace prevails. He was a fearless officer, it is possible that he got into a scuffle with the militants", an army officer who did not want to be named, said. The Army chief said "these people are discouraging Kashmiris from availing job opportunities while thousands of people line up for police recruitment".

The GoC said Fayaz's family is fearless and they have shown hope even in this hour of grief. "They have hit two birds with one stone-killing an officer of a freedom-loving family and blaming the Mujahideen (militants) for it", he alleged.

"I want to assure the family that we are with them in their pain and whatever they want to do in the future, we are with them", Major Gen Raju said.

On his first leave since joining the Army, he was posted with 2 Rajputana Rifles in Akhnoor in Jammu region.