Indian Army renames J&K school after slain hero Ummer Fayaz

Lt Ummer Fayaz's killers identified as Hizbul terrorists wanted in bank robberies murder cases

Lieutenant Fayaz, from the troubled region of Kulgam district, was posted with 2 Rajputana Rifles and had applied for leave to attend a cousin's wedding.

Underlining the army's operating philosophy that all Kashmiris are not involved in militancy, Rawat said, "We understand that all Kashmiris are not involved in the so-called militancy".

"An officer from a pro-freedom family was murdered by the Indian agencies, and militants are being accused of it to shield the real face of the Indian agencies", he said. He was supposed to have returned to his unit in the Akhnoor area of Jammu on 25 May. The family did not approach the police or the Army thinking that the terrorists wouldn't harm a Kashmiri. "Although police are yet receive the post-mortem report, preliminary examinations revealed that there were no torture marks on his body", Gillani said. He had been fired at from a close range.

"I am sure that even after being extinguished, this light will still be there and to keep this light from fading out, we are renaming the army goodwill school here in Behibagh to Shaheed Lt. Umer Fayaz Goodwill School", he said.


The body of Fayaz, who would have turned 23 on June 6, was laid to rest with full military honours in his native village, with hundreds of people attending the funeral. "Kashmiris must think that if they can kill a Kashmiri boy, then they can kill anyone", Kadyan told IANS.

Raising slogans of "Vande Mataram" and "Bharat Mata Ki Jai", ex-servicemen said that the situation in Kashmir is deteriorating and the government ought to take strict action.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley called Fayaz's murder "a dastardly act of cowardice" and called Fayaz a role model. The nation shares the grief of the family and stands in solidarity with the bereaved family in this hour of tragedy.

The family did not approach the police or the Army thinking that the terrorists wouldn't harm a Kashmiri. Except Budgam, which is near Srinagar, all other areas are in south Kashmir, the latest vortex of recent militant activity.

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