New Delhi: In a show of solidarity scores of people from different walks of life gathered at the India Gate war memorial to protest against the brutal killing of army officer Ummer Fayaz.
Scores of army officials held candle light march demanding justice for Fayaz, a native Kashmiri who recently joined the Indian army.
“It is high time that the leadership take the stock of the situation in Kashmir. We are here to pay Ummer our respect and we stand behind the family of our brave officer” said Amandeep Singh from the Indian Army leading the march.
"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 memorial resounded with the slogans of Bharat Mata Ki Jai and Tum ek Ummer maroge , Har Ghar se Ummer niklega.
“We simple demand action nothing else just plain and simple action. The government needs to put their entire focus on the issue and take action against Pakistan which is the reason behind such incidents. Pakistan is breeding such terrorism in Kashmir” said army veteran Hariom Dubey who participated in the candle light march.
Students from Delhi University raised slogans in support of the young Kashmiri soldier at India Gate, Aditya Tiko who is a member of a civic society from the state said “We want justice, such brutality has no place. This is the worst form of revenge and we have all come out on the streets so that a serious debate and discussion is initiated among the public”.
Lieutenant Fayaz, from the troubled region of Kulgam district, was posted with 2 Rajputana Rifles and was killed when he had come on leave to attend a cousin's wedding.