Killer of Bank Manager from Rajasthan gunned down in Kashmir

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Personnel of security forces at an encounter site in Kashmir (File pic)

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Police today said the terrorist who killed a non-local Bank Manager recently has been gunned down along with his associate in an encounter late last night.

The encounter took place in Kanjiular area of Shopian district in Kashmir after a specific information was received about presence of terrorists there, police said.

Two terrorists of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) outfit were killed in the gunfight, the police said.

Among the two slain terrorists was Jan Mohammad Lone of Shopian, who had killed Vijay Kumar, Manager of Ellaquai Dehati Bank in Arreh area of Kulgam district on June 2, the police said.

The 26-year-old Manager, who hailed from Rajasthan, was shot dead in his office by a lone terrorist.

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“One of the killed terrorists has been identified as Jan Mohd Lone of Shopian. Besides other #terror crimes, he was involved in recent killing of Vijay Kumar, Bank manager on 2/6/22 in Kulgam district,” Kashmir Zone police tweeted, quoting IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar.

One AK-47 rifle and a pistol were recovered from the encounter site, he said.

Hailing from Hanumangarh in Rajasthan, Bank Manager Kumar had been working in Kashmir since 2019 and was posted to the Arreh branch of the bank only a week before his killing.

He had got married a few months back and his wife had recently joined him in Kashmir.

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

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

The killings were a part of spate of targeted murders by Pakistan-backed terrorists of members of minority Kashmiri Pandit community and non-Kashmiris in the Valley.