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New Delhi: The India Gate on Saturday saw outpouring of grief and outrage over the abduction and killing of 22-year-old Kashmiri army officer Ummer Fayaz by militants.
Hundreds of army veterans, students and tourists took out a candle light march in his memory, with many voicing their demand for the death of the young lieutenant to be “avenged”.
“His killing is condemnable. Each and every part of the society should condemn the incident and it should not be accepted at any cost. Stability should return to the valley.
The path Fayaz chose should inspire the people,” former Indian Army chief General Deepak Kapoor said.
The march, that went around the India Gate circle, saw people raising slogans hailing his “sacrifice”. ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ rented the air along with cries condemning Pakistan and militant groups in the valley.
Many tourists who flocked the area also spontaneously joined the march in the evening.
The alumni association of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, where Fayaz studied before joining the Pune-based National Defence Academy, were among the marchers, along with members of the 124 infantry battalion of the Territorial Army.
“If Kashmiris want to go with Pakistan, let them go. I am sure Kashmir will be left with nothing within a few months. And if Pakistan does not abide by the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case then the Indian Army should be given a chance to retaliate,” Captain (retd) Ravi Verma said.
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