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Union Home Secretary to Visit Kashmir, Will Meet Mehbooba Mufti 

Mehrishi’s visit comes a day after a young Kashmiri Army officer was killed by militants in Shopian district.

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Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi is visiting Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday to take stock of the situation in the Valley.

During the trip, Mehrishi will meet Governor NN Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and discuss with them the prevailing situation in the state.

The home secretary will also hold a meeting with top civil, police and army officers to review the security situation in the state.

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Mehrishi's visit comes a day after a young Kashmiri Army officer was killed by militants in Shopian district. The officer, a Lieutenant of the Rajputana Rifles, bore multiple injury marks and gunshot wounds, indicating possible heavy beating with the butt of a gun, as NDTV reported.

Ummer Fayaz Parray’s body was found from Shopian, 30 kms from the village where he went to attend a wedding function. He was dragged from the venue by three armed men, and his family didn’t report the incident, hoping he would be released alive.

Fayaz received his training from Major Avdesh Choudhary at the regimental centre in Delhi, who said he thought he had to "keep an eye on him".

I found he overshadowed the others because of his enthusiasm. He wanted to prove something. There was a spark in his eyes. That’s what I liked about him.
Major Avdesh Choudhary

Jammu and Kashmir had witnessed violence during the 9 April bypoll to the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat in which eight people lost their lives in more than 200 incidents.

The Election Commission had also cancelled the 25 May bypoll to Anantnag Lok Sabha seat, saying situation there was not feasible for holding election.

There have been protests by students in the Valley last month against alleged police excesses. Students, including girls, were seen pelting stones at security personnel.

(With inputs from PTI)

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