Tahlka News Bureau
New Delhi: Another bank has been looted within a time span of two hours in Jammu & Kashmir by suspected militants. The second incident of robbery was recorded in Pulwama district, where three gunman entered into a bank and looted hardcore cash on gunpoint.
According to reports, the second bank was looted in Nehema Kakapora area of Pulwama, where militants looted nearly Rs 1.5 lakh from J&K Bank. The gunmen successfully escaped after the loot. A search operation is underway by the Pulwama police to nab them.
Earlier today, three masked militants with heavy armory stormed into the Ellaque Dejhati Bank in Wahibag village of Pulwama. The gunmen forced the cashier to provide them with Rs 5 lakhs. The militants then fled the from the village after the loot successfully.
On Tuesday, a similar case of bank robbery was reported from the adjacent Shopian district. The masked militants looted Rs 65,000 from the branch of Ellaquai Dehati Bank in Kader village. The masked gunmen are yet to be traced.
Jammu & Kashmir has been seeing a number rise in numbers of bank robberies over the past few weeks. On Monday a cash van of J&K bank was targeted in Kulgam. Gunmen opened fired at the van, in which 1 bank employee and 5 police constable lost there lives. Militants outfit Hizbul Mujahideen took responsibility of the attack.
Apart from bank robberies, residents of leaders and police personnel have also been targeted by the militants. A Senior PDP leader, Abdul Gani Dar the party's district president of Pulwama, was shot dead in his residence last month. His assassination was followed by the killing of Advocate Imtiyaz Ahmad Khan of National Conference.
Chief Minister Mehbuba Mufti, commenting on the recent violence in the Valley, said, "These are signs of dangerous trends emerging in the Valley. The situation is grave." She further said that the state government will take necessary actions to restore law and order in Kashmir.
Opposition leaders from Congress and National Conference have demanded the dissolution of PDP-BJP government in the state, underlining the worsening condition of Kashmir.
"This government is clueless on how to address the problem. They are aligned only by political compulsions. The government is not concerned about the condition of common Kashmiris. I think President's Rule should be imposed in Kashmir," said former CM Farooq Adbullah.