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Anguish As Hundreds Throng Slain Soldier's Funeral In South Kashmir

Anguish As Hundreds Throng Slain Soldier's Funeral In South Kashmir

Irfan, who was posted in the Gurez sector (Bandipura) on the LoC in the engineering wing of the 175 Battalion of the Territorial Army (TA) and was on 10-day leave, when he was kidnapped by militants and shot dead in an orchard.

"The individual was posted in a Territorial Army unit in Bandipora district". He had come home on leave. "His bullet-riddled body was found in Wothmula village of Shopian", he said, adding that investigations are on into the killing.

CM Mehbooba Mufti condemned the killing of the soldier and tweeted: "Strongly condemn the brutal killing of Irfan Ahmed, a fearless Territorial Army soldier at Shopian". He was a resident of Sensen village of Shopian district in south Kashmir. "Such heinous acts will not weaken our resolve to establish peace and normalcy in the Valley", Mufti wrote on microblogging site Twitter. "The matter is being investigated by the police", Defence Ministry spokesman, Col. Rajesh Kalia said.

Mehbooba's predecessor and opposition National Conference leader Omar Abdullah termed the incident as tragic and reprehensible.

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"My unqualified condemnation and heartfelt condolences to his family", he tweeted.

"He was perhaps kidnapped by militants".

This is the third incident of murder of security forces personnel in the recent times. In May, Lt Ummer Fayaz was killed in the same district. Also, four Pakistani terrorists attacked the house of 23-year-old BSF jawan Mohammad Ramzan Parray, alias Rameez, on September 27.

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