Bullet-riddled body of trooper found in Shopian

Bullet-riddled body of trooper found in Shopian

The bullet- ridden body of 23-year old soldier was found in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian on Saturday.

The deceased was identified as Sepoy Irfan Ahmad Dar, a resident of village Senzen in Shopian, the official said.

His bullet-riddled body was found by the locals in an orchard in nearby Wothmula village of the district, reports said.

Dar, who was on a vacation, had gone missing on Friday. "Probably, militants may have abducted him and subsequently killed him", the police officer said.

Following the incident, the police have launched an investigation to track down the culprits. She tweeted, "Strongly condemn the brutal killing of Irfan Ahmed, a fearless Territorial Army soldier at Shopian. Such heinous acts will not weaken our resolve to establish peace and normalcy in the Valley", Mehbooba said on Twitter.

"Strongly condemn the brutal killing of Irfan Ahmed, a courageous Territorial Army soldier at Shopian".

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"The murder of young Irfan Dar is a very tragic & reprehensible act".

"In all humility Ms Mufti needs to leave the grass root delivery to officers in the field & focus on security situation".

He belonged to neighbouring Kulgam district and had come on leave to attend his cousin's marriage.

Shopian Ambarkar Shriram, while confirming the incident said, "He (Irfan) was perhaps kidnapped by militants".

Irfan is the third off-duty soldier from Kashmir to have been abducted and killed by terrorists in the past few months.

A BSF soldier, Mohammad Ramzan Parray, was shot dead by terrorists when he resisted an attempt to kidnap him.

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