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Defence ministry says reports of soldier’s abduction in Kashmir’s Budgam incorrect

Defence ministry on Saturday said the reports of soldier Mohammad Yaseen’s abduction from Kashmir’s Budgam are incorrect and that he was safe.

india Updated: Mar 09, 2019 08:44 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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On Friday evening, media reports said that soldier Yaseen Bhat, who is currently on leave was kidnapped from his home in Qazipora Chadoora by unknown gunmen.(AP/ Representative Image)

The reports of abduction of a soldier in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam district are incorrect, the defence ministry said on Saturday morning, adding that the “individual is safe”.

“Media reports of the abduction of a serving Army soldier (Mohammad Yaseen) on leave from Qazipora, Chadoora, Budgam(J&K) are incorrect. Individual is safe. Speculations may please be avoided,” said the defence ministry statement.

On Friday evening, reports quoting officials had emerged saying that unknown gunmen kidnapped Yaseen from his home in Qazipora Chadoora.

Yaseen, who is from the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI), has been on leave from February 26 till March 30.

In June, an Army soldier Aurangzeb of 44 Rashtriya Rifles posted in south Kashmir’s Shopian district was abducted by militants and his bullet-riddled body was found 10 kilometers away from the place of kidnapping.

Aurangzeb, a resident of Poonch in Jammu, was on way to his home to celebrate Eid when militants abducted him.

First Published: Mar 09, 2019 08:10 IST