In yet another dacoity, suspected militants looted Rs 65 thousand from a bank in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Tuesday.
A Police official said unidentified gunmen with their faces covered, believed to be militants, broke into a branch of Ellaquai Dehati Bank at Kedar Yaripora village of Kulgam, 70 kms from here, and took away the cash from the counter. Soon after the incident, security forces cordoned off the area.
The incident happened a day after five policemen and two security guards were killed after militants attacked a cash van of Jammu and Kashmir Bank in the same district. The militants took away the five service rifles of the slain cops. However, there was no cash in the van at the time of the incident, as it had already been deposited at Manzgam branch of the Bank. Militant outfit Hizbul Mujhadeen claimed responsibility for the attack.
Kashmir has witnessed a surge in bank looting cases ever since demonetization of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8 last year. On December 15, militants had looted around Rs 11 lakh from a branch of J&K Bank in Pulwama district.
Earlier on December 8, militants had looted Rs ten lakh after forcing their entry into the same bank in Arihal, Pulwama. Prior to that on November 21, Lashker-e-Toiba militants robbed a bank in Chrar-e-Sharief area of central Kashmir's Budgam district, decamping with nearly Rs 13 lakh cash.