Family of Kashmiri BSF commandant denies reports of militant threats

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A day after India’s Woman and Child Development Ministry said that the family of Kashmiri BSF trooper who topped the entrance examination recently has been threatened by militants, the family of the trooper denied any such threats, Indianexpress.com reported on Thursday.

The Woman and Child Development Ministry had in a tweet claimed that a Kashmiri BSF entrance topper sought its help to accommodate his sister in a Chandigarh college hostel as she faced militants threats, but the family has denied any instance of intimidation.

The ministry in a tweet had said: “Sh. Nabeel Ahmed Wani is Commandant in BSF whose sister is an engineering student in Chandigarh.” And added,  “He requested Smt. @ManekaGandhiBJP to get hostel facility for his sister as she was being threatened by militants.”

The tweets were all retweeted by Gandhi on her official handle, @ManekagandhiBJP and a senoir ministry official said Nabeel had sought the ministry’s help citing militant threat to his sister.

Nabeel, who hails from Latti, about 130 km from Udhampur, was the BSF entrance topper in 2016.

“Nabeel now undergoing training as BSF Assistant Commandant, denied that militants had threatened him or his family, calling the claim a “complete hoax”. “I never received a threat from any militant,” Indianexpress.com quoted him saying.

When asked from where the militants threat talk had started, Nabeel said: “My point was simple. My sister along with all final-year students was asked to leave the hostel. I approached the Union minister through a mail and she helped.” The report added.

The report says that Nabeel’s mother said her daughter Nida Rafiq was a final-year student at Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology in Chandigarh. Last week, the college, in order to accommodate new entrants, told all final-year students to vacate the hostel and arrange for paying guest accommodation. “I requested the college administration to allow Nida to stay in the hostel as I cannot go to Chandigarh to arrange for a PG accommodation,’’ she told Indian Express.

Earlier reports said Nabeel’s sister wants to become the first woman from Jammu and Kashmir to serve the Indian Army.

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