Rs 6 lac looted
PULWAMA: In two separate robberies that took place within two hours, unidentified gunmen looted two banks in Pulwama district on Wednesday and decamped with above Rs 6,00,000 in cash.
The daylight robberies occurred at 1.30pm at the Wahibug branch of Ellaqai Dehati Bank, a regional rural bank. The second, at about 3.30pm, struck the Jammu and Kashmir Bank’s Nihama village branch in Pulwama. The two banks are within a distance of 10 kilometers from each other.
Pulwama senior superintendent of police Mohammad Rayees Bhat told Kashmir Reader that five masked gunmen travelling in a Maruti car barged into the EDB branch at Wahibug and looted 4,90,000 rupees from it. He said that four unidentified gunmen came in a Maruti Zen car and entered the Nihama branch of J&K Bank from which they looted 1,30,000 rupees.
“We are investigating both the incidents and one person, belonging to a militant outfit, involved in looting of the Nehama Branch has been identified,” Bhat said, adding that the role of militants in the bank robberies cannot be ruled out.
Sources said that the police have launched search operations in the area to identify and nab the robbers.
Sources at the Jammu and Kashmir Bank said that the zonal office for south Kashmir situated in Pulwama had reimbursed the least possible amounts to bank branches in Pulwama as they feared a robbery. On Monday, a cash-van of Jammu and Kashmir Bank was attacked by militants in Kulgam who shot dead the bank’s two security guards sitting in it and also the five policemen who were in the van as armed escorts.
On Tuesday, masked gunmen looted 65,000 rupees from a branch of the Ellaqai Dehati Bank in Kulgam district.