Fayaz, who was on leave, had gone to the Valley to attend the marriage of his cousin at his village in Kulgaon, just like Irfan Dar. Earlier this year State police chief issued an advisory asking its personnel not to visit their ancestral homes, especially in south Kashmir areas.
Irfan was working in the Territorial Army and was abducted by militants and later killed, an army official said, adding that further details were awaited.
Army spokesman said that Sepoy Irfan Ahmad Dar son of Gh Mohd Dar, of village Senzen, Shopian district was a serving soldier.
The body of the official was recovered from an orchard area in Watmullah Keegam area of Shopian, a police official said.
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The police have initiated investigation into the murder and the hunt for the unidentified gunmen is on, officials said. In May this year, a bullet ridden body of army officer Umar Faiyaz was found in Shopian district of south Kashmir, police sources said. "My unqualified condemnation & heartfelt condolences to his family".
Shopian Ambarkar Shriram, while confirming the incident said, "He (Irfan) was perhaps kidnapped by militants".
Irfan Ahmad Dar is the third off duty Kashmiri soldier killed this year.
A BSF soldier, Mohammad Ramzan Parray, was shot dead by terrorists when he resisted an attempt to kidnap him.