For the second successive day on Wednesday unidentified gunmen targeted banks in Kashmir – this time looting Rs 6.33 lakhs from two banks in Pulwama district in a span of a few hours.
Police said that in the first incident, three suspected militants barged into a branch of the Ellaquai Dehati Bank in Waibug early afternoon and took away approximately Rs 5 lakhs. The men did not harm anybody physically. The bank has no surveillance cameras.
Hours later militants targeted a branch of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank at Nehama and looted of Rs 1.33 lakh, the police control room in Pulwama said. Police have launched a hunt for the bank robbers.
Wednesday’s bank robberies come a day after gunmen barged into a bank in Kulgam district on Tuesday and looted Rs 65,000 from another branch of the Ellaquai Dehati Bank.
On Monday, five policemen and two security guards of a bank were killed after militants attacked a J&K Bank van. Bank officials said there was no money in the van because the cash was already dispensed.
The Hizbul Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the attack but denied killing the bank guards.
There have been many incidents of bank robberies in past where police have blamed militants.
In December 2016, police had identified the armed men who robbed a bank in south Kashmir as militants from the banned outfit, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
The militants had struck a Jammu and Kashmir Bank branch in Ratnipora area in Pulwama on December 15, looting around Rs 10 lakh. There were two incidents of bank robberies earlier as well.