SHOPIAN: Two private security guards at Jammu and Kashmir Bank were killed in a suspected militant attack in Shopian’s Kralcheck village on Monday.
Unidentified gunmen attacked a Scorpio bank vehicle (JK01M-4631) at the village, leaving two guards of Perfect Placement –a private security firm-seriously injured. They were removed to District Hospital Pulwama, where doctors declared them dead.
Medical Superintendent Pulwama Dr Abdul Rasheed parra told Kashmir Reader that the injured were declared dead by doctors in the hospital.
The deceased have been identified as Mushtaq Ahmad, 30, of Anantnag, and Tariq Ahmad, 25, of Tumlehal, Pulwama.
While giving details of the incident, Station House Officer, Keller police station, Sharad told Kashmir Reader that the JK Bank officials had to deliver cash at Keller tehsil but the police was not aware about it. “They (the bank officials) didn’t inform us or Pulwama police before leaving for delivering cash. After their return from Keller, an ambush was laid by militants in Poju-Kralcheck area. Two of the bank guards were seriously injured who later succumbed in Pulwama hospital,” he said.
He said that the guards were not carrying weapons. “They (the guards) had placed their weapons at Shajimarag bank before they went to Keller,” he said. A case has been registered and investigation is on, he said.
Senior Superintendent of Police, Shopian, S A Dinkar told Kashmir Reader that “militants at tacked the Scorpio vehicle of Jammu and Kashmir Bank in which two private banks guards were killed”. He added that there was no cash in the vehicle.
Meanwhile, J&K Bank Chairman and CEO Parvez Ahmed also expressed shock over the killing.
He said, “It is very painful news and we at J&K Bank are shocked over the killings of security personnel namely Mushtaq Ahmad and Tariq Ahmad by the unidentified gunmen while guarding the bank’s cash delivery vehicle. I express my heartfelt condolences and all our sympathies are with the bereaved families. I also wish speedy recovery to the three injured officials of the bank including security guard.”
“Let me add here that these innocent guards were there only to protect the people’s money and such gruesome incidents create hardships for the general public and hinder us from serving the people of these areas well”, he said.
Meanwhile, the Chairman assured the bereaved families of appropriate support from the bank. “Human life is invaluable and its loss can in no way be compensated. However, the affected families need to be sufficiently supported financially and emotionally as they have lost bread earners.”