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09 Mar 2019

Reports of jawan's abduction from home are untrue: Defense Ministry

Army jawan is safe, reports of abduction untrue

The Defense Ministry, in a tweet, clarified the army jawan, who was reported to have been kidnapped by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, is safe.

On Friday, distressing reports about the jawan's abduction from his home at Qazipora in Budgam emerged.

Reacting on reports, the Defense Ministry advised not to believe in speculations. The jawan is on leave and unharmed.

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Army jawan is safe, reports of abduction untrue
Looking at what the reports claimed

Rumors

Looking at what the reports claimed

The jawan was identified as Mohammad Yaseen Bhat of the J&K Light Infantry. Currently, he is posted with JAKLI brigade in Dehradun. Bhat returned to his home on February 26, for a month-long leave.

According to reports, armed terrorists stormed his home and took him away last evening.

The misleading speculations also claimed police and army teams launched a search operation to find him.

Speculations should be avoided: MoD

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Past cases

In 2017, Ummer Fayaz was kidnapped and murdered

Rumors of Bhat's "abduction" by terrorists brought back haunting memories of a similar kidnapping.

In 2017, Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz was picked up from his uncle's home in Shopian, where he went to attend a wedding.

Terrorists affiliated to Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen shot him and dumped his body. His brutal murder was termed as a "watershed" moment by the army.

Last year, rifleman Aurangzeb was abducted

Details

Last year, rifleman Aurangzeb was abducted

In June 2018, rifleman Aurangzeb was also kidnapped by terrorists when he was returning to his home, in Poonch, to celebrate Eid with family.

He had boarded a private vehicle to reach his home but was abducted in Pulwama. Hours later, Aurangzeb's bullet-ridden body was found.

The government felicitated the martyred soldier with the prestigious Shaurya Chakra award.

Pulwama attack

Reports of "abduction" came close on heels of Pulwama attack

Reports of Bhat's kidnapping came at a time when security is heightened in the northernmost state.

Last month, 40 CRPF soldiers were martyred in a terror attack in Pulwama, which was orchestrated by terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed.

A suicide bomber, identified as Adil Ahmad Dar, rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into one of the buses of the convoy, triggering a massive blast.

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Who was the jawan reported to have been abducted?

What did reports claims about Mohammad Yasin Bhat?

What has Defense Ministry said on Mohammad Yasin Bhat?

Who was Ummer Fayaz?

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Who was the jawan reported to have been abducted?

Asked on 09-03-2019 by Parakram Malik

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The jawan who was said to have been abducted was identified as Mohammad Yasin Bhat.

What did reports claims about Mohammad Yasin Bhat?

Asked on 09-03-2019 by Trishla Singhal

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According to reports, Mohammad Yasin Bhat was kidnapped from his home in Budgam on Friday evening. It was reported that armed militants entered his home and took him away.

What has Defense Ministry said on Mohammad Yasin Bhat?

Asked on 09-03-2019 by Divya Banerjee

Answered by NewsBytes

Defense Ministry said Mohammad Yasin Bhat is safe and slammed the misleading reports.

Who was Ummer Fayaz?

Asked on 09-03-2019 by Tejas Trivedi

Answered by NewsBytes

Ummer Fayaz was a Lieutenant of the Indian army who was kidnapped and murdered by militants in 2017.

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