Territorial Army jawan, abducted by militants dead; bullet-ridden body found

Last Updated: Saturday, November 25, 2017, 03:29
Territorial Army jawan, abducted by militants dead; bullet-ridden body found
An off-duty Army jawan was killed by suspected militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s southern Shopian district on Tuesday night. The bullet-ridden corpse of 23-year-old Territorial Army soldier Irfan Ahmed Dar, who had gone missing on Friday evening, was found in Wuthmulla Naad village of Keegam area of Shopian on Saturday morning, the police said.

Sepoy Irfan Ahmad Dar of 175 Territorial Army (Engineers), had left home at Senzen village in his car on Friday but did not return. On Saturday morning his bullet riddled body was found in an orchard in nearby Wothmula village in the Shopian district.

The locals said that they saw the body of Dar lying near a paddy field and immediately informed the police about it. The victim was a resident of Shopian’s Sanzan village and was posted in the Army’s Engineering Regiment in Gurez area close to the Line of Control (LoC) in Bandipore district of the State.

SSP Shopian Ambarkar Shriram said that Dar was apparently abducted and subsequently murdered by militants. No militant outfit active in Jammu and Kashmir has, so far, owned responsibility for killing Dar.

The deceased’s family told the police that Dar had come home on vacation. It said that he had left home in his car on Friday evening and did not return. His vehicle was found one kilometre from the place where his body was found on Saturday morning, the police said. Dar is the fifth off-duty security personnel killed in Kashmir this year.

Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, who was touring neighbouring Kulgam district as part of her ‘public outreach’ pursuit condemned Dar’s murder. She tweeted, “Strongly condemn the brutal killing of Irfan Ahmed, a brave Territorial Army soldier at Shopian. Such heinous acts will not weaken our resolve to establish peace and normalcy in the Valley”.

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