The Defence Ministry on Saturday junked media reports stating the abduction of serving soldier of the army’s Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) Mohammad Yaseen Bhat from his residence at Qazipora Chadura in Central Kashmir's Budgam district on Friday, as incorrect and said the “individual is safe. Speculations may please be avoided.” In a tweet, the Defence Spokesperson said, "Clarification. Media reports of the abduction of a serving Army soldier on leave from Qazipora, Chadoora, Budgam are incorrect. Individual is safe. Speculations may please be avoided. (sic)"
Clarification. Media reports of the abduction of a serving Army soldier on leave from Qazipora, Chadoora, Budgam are incorrect. Individual is safe. Speculations may please be avoided.@PMOIndia @nsitharaman @DefenceMinIndia @PIB_India @adgpi— Defence Spokesperson (@SpokespersonMoD) March 9, 2019
It was reported that Yaseen, posted with Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment, was on leave from February 26 to March 31. A massive search operation was launched by special operation group along with the army and Jammu & Kashmir police.
The family of Yaseen informed police that some people came to their house at Qazipora Chadura and took him away.
"Immediately after receiving the news, teams of police and Army rushed to the village. A massive search operation has been started to trace the missing soldier," a police source said.
The incident is reminiscent of the June 14, 2018 incident when Rifleman Aurangzeb was abducted from Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district. He was later killed by terrorists. Hailing from village Salani in Poonch, 24-year-old Aurangzeb had joined the Army in 2012. He is survived by his wife, parents and three brothers.
A similar incident was reported in September 2018 when three police personnel were abducted and shot in cold blood from their homes in the state's Shopian district. Hizbul Mujahideen claimed the responsibility for the attack.