Srinagar: The bullet-ridden body of an Army Lieutenant was found at Herman Chowk of Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district on Wednesday.
The Lieutenant-rank Army doctor, who was posted in Akhnoor, was identified as Ummer Fayaz Parry, a resident of Kulgam.
Police said the 24-year-old had gone to Shopian to attend the wedding function of a relative.
According to reports, Fayaz was picked up by four militants from Shopian and later taken to Herman Chowk where he was shot.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti condemned the killing of Lieutenant Umer Fayaz and said, "It was painful to note that the young officer had come home on vacation where he was attending the marriage of his cousin. She also conveyed her heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved family."
An army official said they have received an input and are verifying the circumstances in which the officer was found dead. Police and Army have now started search operations in the area to nab the militants.
BJP President Amit Shah took to twitter and expressed his condolence.
My deepest condolences to the family of martyr Lt Umar Fayaz, who served India with pride and honour. He will be an icon for Kashmir' youth.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) May 10, 2017
This incident comes a day after when a car was snatched at gunpoint by militants in Pulwama district on Tuesday. Mohammad Rafiq Dar of Samboora village told police that his Alto car was hijacked by five gunmen.
Following this police has sounded a red alert and send advisories to all police and security forces units to be on vigil.
The Indian Army statement said: "In a dastardly act, some unidentified terrorists abducted and then killed a young, unarmed Army Officer, Lt Ummer Faiyaz who had come on leave to his native place in Kulgam to attend a marriage The officer was serving in Akhnoor, J&K. The Army salutes the braveheart and stands by the bereaved family and commits to bring the perpetrators of this heinous act of terror to justice."
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley reacted on the incident: