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Defence Ministry: Reports On Militant Abducts The Army Jawan Is Incorrect, He Is Safe

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| March 9 , 2019 , 11:31 IST

On early Saturday Defence Ministry clarified through its tweet about the safety of Jawan, after refuted reports.

Earlier it was reported that one army jawan from Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) was abducted from his home in Qazipora Chadoora in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam district by unknown gunmen on Friday evening.

The kidnapped soldier had been identified as Mohammad Yasin Bhat who was on leave from February 26 till March 30.

Soon as the news of abducted soldier came in, police started the intensive search operation and increased surveillance on the national highway.

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According to sources, some of the eyewitnesses said that the gunmen arrived in a car with a license number registered in Poonch.

Yasin’s "kidnapping" is a throwback on the abductions of Lt Umer Fayyaz in 2017 and sepoy Aurangzeb in 2018, both of whom were murdered while they were on leave. While 22-year-old Umer of Kulgam was kidnapped from Shopian, 25-year-old Aurangzeb of Poonch was abducted from Pulwama. Incidentally, Aurangzeb was also from JAKLI.

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In another incident, an AK47 rifle of DC Kishtwar’s PSO Daleep Kumar was snatched in a crowded Shaheedi Mazar area of Kishtwar town by unknown masked men. The snatching took place when the PSO had gone on to run some personal errand in the market, sources said.