March 22, 2018

Armed robbers loot J&K Bank in south Kashmir

01 August 2017, 11:01 | Yvette Williams

Burqa-clad armed men rob bank in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag, loot lakhs of rupees

Jammu and Kashmir: Suspected militants loot more than Rs 5 lakh from a bank in Anantnag

Police said Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militants barged into J&K Bank branch Arwani in Bijbehara, the home town of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, in the afternoon and looted Rs 5.20 lakh. Bank staffers said the burqa-clad robbers fled with Rs 5,20,000 in loot. The assailants entered the bank wearing a burqa.

Earlier, in month of July, police had arrested a resident of Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh Sandeep Kumar Sharma alias Adil for links to militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba and accused him of being involved in bank robberies, militant attacks and snatching of weapons.

A police spokesman said that initial investigation indicated that militants of Hizbul Mujahideen were involved in the bank robbery.

The police have registered a case and investigations are on.

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He said efforts are on to identity the militants and track them down.

Forces have reached the spot and an operation has been started nab the looters.

Monday's daylight robbery is the first in almost three months and the seventh in last one year in the Kashmir Valley.

In the same month, two Banka were looted in Pulwama by the terrorists in a span of two hours and 6 lakh in cash was taken.

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