Bullet-riddled body of trooper found in Shopian

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Bullet-riddled body of trooper found in Shopian

The body has been identified as that of Irfan Ahmad Dar, a resident of Sezan Keegam, a police official said. His auto was also found one kilometre from the spot. "His bullet-riddled body was recovered on today morning".

The army's Srinagar-based defence spokesman, Col Rajesh Kalia, said that Irfan was on leave till November 26. While on leave, he was possibly abducted and killed by terrorists. The police soon took the body into their possession for further investigations and conducting other formalities before handing it over to the next of the kin of the deceased.

The murder is nearly identical with the killing of another serving soldier on leave, Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz of 2 Rajputana Rifles, in the same district on May 10.

Umar had gone to attend the marriage ceremony of his cousin at Batpora-Matrigoo village when gunmen barged into the house on May 9 night and abducted him. Earlier this year State police chief issued an advisory asking its personnel not to visit their ancestral homes, especially in south Kashmir areas. A resident of Sazan village of Shopian, he left his home in his auto on Friday evening, minutes after receiving a phone call.

The killings were widely condemned.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti condemned the "brutal killing" of Mir. "Such heinous acts will not weaken our resolve to establish peace and normalcy in the valley", she said in a tweet. "The murder of young Irfan Dar is a very tragic & reprehensible act".

Militants are targeting local politicians too.

Militants slit the throat of BJP's Shopian youth president Gowhar Ahmad Bhat.

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