Hindu banker from Rajasthan killed by terrorists in Kashmir

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CCTV image showing a terrorist firing at Bank Manager (not in picture) in Kulgam district of Kashmir today.

Srinagar: Continuing the targeted killing of Hindus in Kashmir, Pakistan-supported terrorists today gunned down a bank manager hailing from Rajasthan.

26-year-old Vijay Kumar, Manager of Ellaquai Dehati Bank, was shot in his office in Arreh area of Kulgam district of Kashmir this morning, police said.

A CCTV footage of the incident showed a gunman opening the door and firing at Kumar from a close range.

He was rushed to a hospital in critical condition but he succumbed before reaching there.

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Hailing from Hanumangarh in Rajasthan, Kumar had got married only a few months back and his wife had recently joined him in Kashmir.

He had been working in Kashmir since 2019 and was posted to the Arreh branch of the bank only a week back, sources said.

The killing of Kumar comes just two days after a Hindu woman teacher Rajni Bala, hailing from Jammu region, was gunned down by terrorists in the same Kulgam district.

36-year-old Rajni Bala was originally from Samba in Jammu and was working in Kashmir Valley for several years.

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In the recent weeks and months, Kashmir has witnessed a spate of targeted killing of Kashmiri Pandits and other Hindus from outside Kashmir by terrorists.

On May 12, a Kashmiri Pandit employee Rahul Bhat was gunned down inside his office at Chadoora in Budgam district.

Since then, three employees belonging to the minority Hindu community have been killed in Kashmir by the terrorists.

These targeted killings have created a fear among Kashmiri Pandit employees, working in Kashmir under the Prime Minister’s Special Employment Package, and Hindu employees from Jammu and other states posted in the Kashmir Valley.

This year, at least 16 people, including civilians and off-duty policemen, have been killed in targeted attacks.