Jammu and Kashmir: Bullet-ridden body of 23-year-old army jawan recovered in Shopian

The body of a 23-year-old army officer, who went missing on Friday, was recovered in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian on Saturday, according to media reports.

The bullet-ridden body of Territorial Army jawan Irfan Ahmad Dar was found by locals in the area on Saturday morning, following which the police recovered the body, CNN-News 18 reported.

The report quoted a senior police official as saying that the soldier's car was found close to the body, and that the police has not ruled out the possibility of militants involved in the kidnap and murder.

Dar, a resident of Senzen village in Shopian, was a serving soldier. He was posted in a Territorial Army unit in Bandipora district, Defence Ministry spokesman, Colonel Rajesh Kalia, told IANS.

"He was on leave till 26 November. While on leave, he was possibly abducted and killed by terrorists. The matter is being investigated by the police," he said.

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and her predecessor Omar Abdullah condemned the latest killing.

Mehbooba Mufti 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 an d normalcy in the valley."

Abdullah, in a statement posted on his widely followed Twitter handle, said: "The murder of young Irfan Dar is a very tragic & reprehensible act. My unqualified condemnation & heartfelt condolences to his family."

With inputs from IANS

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Updated Date: Nov 25, 2017 18:34:35 IST