Police say bank robbery foiled in Kulgam

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Anantnag: Police on Monday claimed that an attempt to rob a branch of Jammu and Kashmir Bank was foiled by ‘alert’ security personnel in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
As per police, militants tried to loot a branch of the bank in Bugam area of Kulgam district.
“The attempt was foiled by alert security men. A manhunt has been launched to nab the culprits,” a police statement read.
Local sources, however, told Kashmir Reader that a few men disembarked a Tata Sumo near the bank.
There were conflicting versions on whether the men were armed or not.
“Some men disembarked from a Sumo and looked suspicious. Locals asked them questions at the sight. They boarded the vehicle and left,” a local source told Kashmir Reader.
The sources in the bank confirmed that the men did not approach the bank.
Bank robberies have increased in South Kashmir since demonetization of old currency notes announced by the centre.
More than 12 such robberies have been carried out so far in the region, with an estimated amount of Rs 1 crore looted in these robberies.
While police have blamed the militants for the robberies, militants-in repeated statements-have distanced themselves from these acts.