Kishtwar, NOV 23: One unidentified person, believed to be the buglars, during intervening night of November 22-23, ransacked the J&K Bank’s Sarthal branch and looted approximately Rs. 40 lakh cash, including 20 lakh worth of new denomination currency notes and approximately 20 lakh old currency.
As per the details available with U4UVoice, the bank was located inside a private shop at Agral village of Sarthal, about 30 km from Kishtwar. “Some unidentified person broke the shutters of the bank and looted the cash kept inside the chest,” said a local source in the area.
A Police official while confirming the incident informed U4UVoice that police party led by SHO police station Kishtwar, Sameer Jeelani is on spot. He said that approximately Rs 20 Lakh new notes have been looted from the bank.
It is pertinent to note here that the bank was running in three shops. As can be clearly seen in the pictures, there is no securty gaurd and not installation of CCTV cams in the premisis. by the look of it, it doesn’t even look like a bank.
JK BANK ROBBERY IN 2008
This was the second major bank robbery in Kishtwar district, after the infamous 1.0648 crore robbery that took place in 2008 at J&K Bank’s Kishtwar branch. Although police claims to have solved the said case, but they have failed to recover the full cash. Only Rs 55 lakhs have been recovered till date.