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Bank employee from Rajasthan shot dead in Kashmir’s Kulgam

A bank manager from Rajasthan was shot dead by suspected militants in South Kashmir’s Kulgam Thursday, days after a woman teacher was killed outside a school in the district, according to the police.

The militants fired at the bank manager, identified as Vijay Kumar from Hanumangarh, of the Ellaqui Dehati Bank (EDB) at the Areh Mohanpora village in Kulgam. Kumar was critically wounded in the attack and shifted to a hospital where the doctors declared him dead.

“Terrorists fired upon a bank employee (manager) at Ellaqie Dehati Bank at Areh Mohanpora in Kulgam district. He received grievous gunshot injuries in this terror incident. He is a resident of Hanumangarh Rajasthan. Area cordoned off. Further details shall follow,” tweeted Jammu and Kashmir Police.

Police sources Kumar joined his new posting only a few days ago.

Soon after the attack, a joint team of J-K Police, Indian Army and paramilitary forces cordoned off the area to trace the militants responsible for the attack.

Taking to Twitter, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said, “The killing of Mr. Vijay Kumar, a resident of Hanumangarh, Rajasthan, and working in Kulgam, Jammu and Kashmir is highly condemnable. I pray to God to give peace to his soul and courage to his family.”

Attacking the Modi government, he said, “The NDA government has failed to restore peace in Kashmir. The central government should ensure the safety of citizens in Kashmir. Such killing of our citizens by militants will not be tolerated.”

Vijay Kumar, 27, hailed from Bhagwan village in Nohar tehsil of Rajasthan’s Hanumangarh district. His father Om Prakash is a government school teacher in Nohar while his mother is a housewife. Vijay was three years elder to his brother Anil.

SHO of Nohar police station, Ravinder Singh, who met the family, said, “As per the family, Vijay had shifted to Kashmir four years ago and was married in February. His wife used to live with him.”

The killing of the bank manager has come days after a woman teacher from Jammu was shot dead on Tuesday outside her school in the Gopalpora village of Kulgam and despite heightened security in the Valley for protection of the employees from outside Kashmir and belonging to the minority community.

The Kashmir Valley has seen a sudden jump in the attacks on non-local employees posted in the region. Since May 12, when a Kashmiri Hindu employee Rahul Bhat was killed inside his office at Budgam, four employees belonging to the minority community have been shot dead in Kashmir.

The killings have rattled the J&K administration that is already grappling with protests by Kashmiri Hindu employees appointed under the Prime Minister’s package and posted in the Valley. The employees have been demanding their transfer out of the Kashmir Valley.

J&K Cong condemns killing of bank employee, terms security situation ‘very grim’

Jammu and Kashmir Congress Thursday condemned Vijay’s killing and lashed out at the Centre for its alleged failure to ensure safety and security of the people.

“The entire rank and file of the party (at an ongoing two-day workshop in Patnitop) expressed deep shock and grief over the killing (of Kumar) and conveyed heartfelt condolences to his family.”

“The incident calls for urgent and effective measures to save innocent lives in Kashmir,” said Ravinder Sharma, chief spokesperson, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee.

Terming the security situation in kashmir “very grim”, he said how long will the nation tolerate the targeted killing of innocents, especially minorities in the valley, contrary to the claims of normalcy in kashmir by the Centre and Union Territory administration.

“The central government has utterly failed to ensure the safety and security of common people in kashmir, which is very unfortunate and calls for an urgent and effective strategy to check innocent killings,” the Congress leader said.

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