On August 1, masked gunmen looted a branch of State Bank of India in Qaimooh area of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
In broad daylight,a few masked gunmen entered the bank and decamped with the cash worth Rs 5.77 Lakh. Reports said that gunmen fired aerial shots before escaping from the spot.
Police officials said that the gunmen are suspected to be militants, and were 7-8 in numbers.
To nab the looters, security forces cordoned off the area immediately.
In the CCTV footage released by the authorities, three masked gunmen can be seen – one of them keeping an eye on a group of people. The two gunmen, after speaking to a man, who seemed to be a bankemployee, moved to the other part of the bank. Within 20 seconds of this, a gunman comes back, and slaps the purported employee, taking him seemingly to locate the cash storage.
On July 27, unknown gunmen barged into a branch of Jammu and Kashmir Bank in Mohmmadpora, Kulgam which is just 11 km away from Qaimooh, with an intention to loot cash. However, the bankguard opened fire and foiled the heist. One bank guard and two civilians were injured when gunmen opened fire inside the bank.
In 2017, many bank robberies took place—most of the robberiesoccurred in South Kashmir, where branches of Jammu and Kashmir Bank were targeted.