Mohammad Yaseen Bhat was abducted from his residence at Qazipora Chadura in Central Kashmir's Budgam district. (Representational Image)
An army jawan has been reportedly kidnapped by suspected terrorists. According to reports, the abducted jawan has been identified as Mohammad Yaseen Bhat. He was abducted from his residence at Qazipora Chadura in Central Kashmir's Budgam district on Friday.
Yaseen, posted with Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment, was on leave from February 26 to March 31. A massive search operation has been 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 kidnapping comes at a time when the Army, and other security forces, in the Valley have been put on high alert following the face-off with Pakistan in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed.
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.