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Yet another bank heist in South Kashmir

JK Bank looted in Shopian


Srinagar, Aug 03: Unknown gunmen on Friday snatched a service rifle of a guard and looted cash from a bank in Kapran village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district.
Reports said that gunmen barged inside the J&K bank branch in Kapran and snatched the 12-bore rifle of the guard.
They said that the gunmen looted cash before fleeing from the bank. An official said that the gunmen looted an amount of over Rs 75,000 from the bank.
Friday’s was the third such heist in as many days in which the unknown gunmen have managed to loot Rs 6,75,850 and two rifles from different banks in south Kashmir.
On Wednesday, around six unknown gunmen, carrying assault rifles barged into a State Bank of India (SBI) branch at Qaimoh, Kulgam.
They looted Rs 6 lakh and fled.
In another incident, the unknown gunmen on Thursday fled away with a 12-bore rifle of the security guard after barging into JK Bank’s main branch at Anantnag.
Inspector General of Police (IGP), Swayam Prakash Pani, said that all the culprits would be booked and brought before the law.
“Militants are involved in the bank robberies. They have been targeting places of public utility, resulting in the harassment of citizens,” he said.
According to an official data, over a dozen banks have been looted in south Kashmir since demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.
A total of Rs 1 crore has been looted in the raids.