Lt Fayaz, son of a farmer and an avid sportsman, had gone to attend the wedding of the daughter of his maternal uncle at Batapura, about 74 kms from Srinagar, from where he was abducted by the militants around 10 pm on Tuesday night.
On his first leave since joining the Army, he was posted with 2 Rajputana Rifles in Akhnoor in Jammu region. His killing has triggered anger among the locals who demanded action against the culprits.
The Army had on Wednesday vowed to punish the killers of Lt Fayaz and said the incident marks a watershed moment in Kashmir Valley as people there will decisively turn the tide against terrorism.
Calling the attack a “dastardly act of cowardice” by militants, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley had said Lt Fayaz’s sacrifice reiterates the nation’s commitment to eliminate terrorism from the valley.