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Kashmir crisis: Mehbooba Mufti urges people to counter 'dangerous trend' of bank loots

Srinagar: Amid increasing incidents of bank robberies by militants, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday urged the people to rise against this "dangerous trend" of looting public money by spilling innocent blood.

The chief minister made the appeal during her visit to the families of five police personnel and two Jammu and Kashmir bank guards who were killed on 1 May by militants when they were on their duty to disburse cash in Kulgam district of south Kashmir.

File image of Mehbooba Mufti. AFP

File image of Mehbooba Mufti. AFP

"People, particularly civil society and youth, are appealed to rise against this dangerous trend of looting of public money by spilling innocent blood, thereby giving Kashmir a terribly bad name in the civilised world," she said.

The chief minister visited Nehama village in Kulgam district to convey her sympathies to the families of JK Bank guard Muzaffar Ahmad and constable Farooq Ahmad. She later visited Ujroo to condole with the families of constable Muzaffar Ahmad and JK Bank guard Javed Ahmad at Yarkipora and ASI Bashir Ahmad at Bonigam.

The chief minister expressed her heartfelt sympathies to the families of the slain personnel of JK Bank and Police. "They laid their lives while preserving public money and their sacrifices won't be allowed to go waste," she said.

She assured the families of the victims that they would be duly looked after and every help and assistance would be provided to them by the government.

Sharing the pain and grief of the bereaved families, the chief minister said these personnel were on duty to protect and disburse public money and their killing reflects "dangerous criminalisation turn" the society is taking.

Later, Mehbooba visited the family of constable Ishfaq Ahmad at Batapora, Zakoora here, who was also killed in the said incident.

Published Date: May 03, 2017 20:31 PM | Updated Date: May 03, 2017 20:31 PM

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