India

Desperate attempt to loot public money for terror activity

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[ May 03, 2017 ] The civilian uprising in the Kashmir Valley is increasingly coming to the aide of militants who, in a growing trend, loot cash from banks to finance and thereby execute their attacks on security forces. The number of such robbery attempts by cash-strapped militant outfits have only increased in the past few weeks. But it is also the trend of gun-snatching that drives militants to such encounters. No less than five dozen such attempts have been made since 8 July last year, after the security forces killed Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, and during the unrest that followed. Most of these attempts of robbery and gun-snatching were carried out in south Kashmir. The desperation of militant organisations to loot weapons and banks is a new trend in the Kashmir Valley. There has been a dangerous increase in the number of robberies since last year after the Narendra Modi-led government took measure to scrap old high-value banknotes and introducing new ones in November. The police in Kashmir say there have been more than two dozen incidents of bank robbery or attempts made by the militants to loot ATMs — most of them in south Kashmir — since last June. At least 60 weapons have been snatched from security forces since June last year.It seems from the sequence of events and the modes oprendy by which banks and ATMs are being looted openly in Kashmir valley. Government is deliberately allow it to happen.A pistol borne unknown youth on Tuesday looted cash from a bank in Kader village of Kulgam district in south Kashmir.Sources said that a masked youth carrying a pistol barged inside Ellaquai Dehati Bank in Kader Yaripora area and looted over Rs 65,000 from the bank.Confirming the incident, Cluster Head, Ellaquai Dehati Bank Kulgam Zone, Ashok Kumar Butt told that pistol borne youth entered into the bank and after looting the cash fled from the spot. He said incident occurred when employees were busy in public dealings. “The records show that Rs 65,850 has been looted by the gunmen,” he said.Shortly after the incident, Government Forces cordoned off the area to nab the looter.Bank robbery incidents are on rise in South Kashmir. Unidentified gunmen on 21 November 2016 looted Rs 12 lakh cash Jammu and Kashmir Bank at Malpora in Charwani area in Charar-e-Sharif area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district.Four masked gunmen barged into the Jammu and Kashmir Bank branch at Arihal in Pulwama district on 8 December 2016 and took away Rs 10 lakhs cash at gunpoint.On December 15, 2016, masked gunmen looted Rs 11 lakh cash from JK Bank in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.On 16 February 2017, four masked gunmen looted Rs 3 lakh from JK Bank branch in Turqwangam village in Shopian district of south Kashmir. On 19 April this year, unidentified gunmen looted away Rs 5 lakh cash from the Harmain branch of JK Bank.Government have to take the necessary steps in this regard. The money which was looted is public money and you cant allow public money in terror activities.There have been many incidents of bank robberies in past where police have blamed militants. Robberies are helping militants and stone pelters are the concerns for the government.