Bank manager shot dead in Kashmir

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Srinagar, June 2 (UNI) A bank manager from Rajasthan was shot dead in a yet another targeted attack in broad daylight in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday morning, officials said.

The attack took place two days after a 36-year-old teacher from Samba, Rajni Bala, was killed in the same district.

Police said Vijay Kumar, Manager of Ellaqai Dehati Bank and a resident of Hanumangarh in Rajasthan, was shot by unidentified gunmen at Arreh in Kulgam. He later succumbed to his injuries.

Informed sources said Kumar was posted only one week back in the area

Militants have stepped up targeted attacks this year. At least 16 people, including civilians and off-duty policemen, have been killed in 2022.

The spree of targeted killing since May has sparked a fresh fears among Kashmiri Pandit employees, recruited under the Prime Minister’s special rehabilitation package, and Hindu employees from Jammu and other states posted in the Kashmir Valley.

Thursday’s killing of the bank manager has triggered condemnation .

The BJP asked security agencies to work out a strategy to stop this vicious cycle of violence.

“What a shameful act yet again. This time a bank manager falls to the bullets of terrorists. Now terrorists targeting public servants too. A serious issue and a matter of concern. High time for security agencies to work out a strategy to stop this vicious cycle,” spokesman Altaf Thakur of BJP said.

Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party President Altaf Bukhari termed it a very sad situation where innocent civilians were being targeted.

“It’s distressing to learn about the killing of a bank manager in Kulgam. Indeed a very sad situation where innocent civilians are being targeted. My heart goes out to the family of the deceased,” Bukahri said

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