SRINAGAR, INDIA: On Thursday, terrorists shot dead a bank employee from Rajasthan within the bank premises in Kashmir’s Kulgam district, the eighth targeted death in the Valley since May 1 and the third involving a non-Muslim government employee.
According to sources, Vijay Kumar, a manager with the Ellaqui Dehati Bank at the Areh Mohanpora branch in the south Kashmir area, got severe gunshot wounds and died on his way to the hospital. The recent death drew outrage from all parties across the political spectrum, including the National Conference and the BJP.
Kumar, a native of Hanumangarh in Rajasthan, had just recently joined the Kulgam branch. He had previously worked in the bank’s Kokernag branch, which is jointly held by the Central government, the Jammu and Kashmir administration, and the State Bank of India.
According to sources, security officers have cordoned off the area and a manhunt has been initiated to apprehend the perpetrators.
Rajni Bala, a Hindu lady teacher from Jammu’s Samba district, was shot dead by terrorists on May 31 at a government school in Gopalpora, Kulgam. Rahul Bhat, a clerk, was shot dead inside the tehsildar’s office in Budgam district’s Chadoora tehsil on May 12.
Three off-duty police officers and five civilians were among the eight people killed in Kashmir since May 1.
I am really saddened to learn of Vijay Kumar’s assassination. Tweeting to denounce an assault or express condolences for a death has become a mind-numbingly common occurrence. In a tweet, NC Vice President Omar Abdullah remarked, “It’s painful to watch families torn like way.”
Altaf Bukhari, the leader of the Apni Party, stated that it was sad to watch targeted deaths of people in Kashmir.
These heinous acts of violence have wreaked havoc on families… It’s incredible. Will words of censure ever suffice? He tweeted about it.
Sajad Lone, chairman of the Peoples Conference, called the killing a horrible crime and said he was at a loss for words to condemn it.
Another piece of terribly terrible news has arrived. According to his Twitter account, an innocent civilian working as a manager in a bank in Kulgam was killed.
PDP general secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura joined in the condemnation, saying such instances expose the administration’s phoney claims of normalcy.
Another life has been lost, which is both heartbreaking and condemnable. The admin’s arrogance has turned this place into a war, exposing its phoney claims of normalcy. The situation is far from normal, and quick action is required to correct it. PDP, please accept my sympathies, leader said in a tweet.
Altaf Thakur, the BJP’s J&K spokesperson, described the killing as “serious” and “concerning.”
What another heinous deed. This time, a bank manager from Rajashtan, Vijay Kumar, is killed by terrorist gunfire in Kulgam. Terrorists are now targeting public employees as well. This is a major problem that should be addressed. He believes it is past time for security authorities to devise a strategy to break the cycle of violence.