Burglars stole over Rs 50,000 cash and other valuables after breaking into a mosque and at least three shops at primary market Sumbal in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district last night, as locals and officials said on Wednesday.
The ransacking of the mosque, the place of worship, has mainly caused shock and outrage in Muslim majority Kashmir.
Salman Mehraj, a local and also a shop owner in Sumbal, told Greater Kashmir that burglars had looted cash from the Jamia Masjid’s donation safe at the central market besides striking a readymade shop of Showkat Ahmad Gojri, a grocery store owned by Mohammad Rafiq Shah and a medical store of Abdul Ahad Bhat.
The shop owners claimed that at least 50,000 had been looted from the readymade shop while the toughened glass was also smashed into pieces.
Some items and cash have been stolen from the grocery store even as the burglars have also broken into the medical shop, they said.
An official said that a forensics team and the local police arrived at the spot and took fingerprints for an investigation into the case.
The burglaries come two days after burglars Sunday night broke into three houses in the Nowpora area of the north Kashmir district escaping with jewellery and other valuables while one of the family was away for a marriage function.
The locals said the burglars also damaged the windowpanes of two more residential houses in the same locality.
Zahoor Ahmad Lone, one of the victims, said that the burglars looted jewellery and other valuables from his house, worth lakhs. Lone said they were on a marriage function the night when the theft took place.
Locals said burglars also barged into two more houses belonging to Dr Makhan Lal and Abid Hussain Lone by breaking window panes in the same locality.
The burglaries have created panic in the area, with locals demanding that the burglars be arrested as soon as possible.
Police have taken cognizance of the incidents and initiated an investigation.
Militant associate arrested with arms and ammunition
Police on Thursday claimed to have arrested a militant associate in the Rajpora area of Pulwama district.
An official told that a joint Naka laid by the teams of Pulwama Police, 44 RR and 183 Bn CRPF at Pachahar Rajpora Pulwama intercepted one youth found roaming in a suspicious manner.
He said that on being challenged, he tried to flee from the Naka and also attempted to fire upon the Naka party.
He added that the youth, however, was tactfully apprehended and during the bodily search one Pistol and several rounds of ammunition were recovered from his possession.
He said that the youth has been identified as Rahil Showkat Dar S/O Showkat Ahmad Dar R/O Drabgam Pulwama Rajpora.
He further added that the said youth had gone missing a few days ago and a missing report stands lodged at Police Station Rajpora.
To this effect FIR No 04/2022, U/S 307IPC.7/25 Arms act P/S Rajpora has been registered and further investigation was taken up, he said.
Carelessness Could Lead to Lockdown: Admin
On Thursday, authorities in Kashmir threatened to impose a lockdown if people didn’t take precautions to save themselves from Covid-19’s Omicron variant.
“If people do not take extra precautions and follow all directions for safeguarding themselves from the virus, lockdown remains the ultimate option”, Srinagar DM Aijaz Asad told media.
“We don’t want to suffer economically by imposing a lockdown. However, he added that people need to take appropriate and extra precautions to save themselves from getting infected with the virus”.
Asad said that covid-19 cases were rising continuously.
“There is no need to panic. Just follow the guidelines provided for taking precautionary measures. We are not in favour of imposing a lockdown”. However, Asad said the virus was changing colours, and nobody was hundred per cent sure that it would go away quickly.
He urged people not to “live in any misconception about the virus that the impact is mild. There are patients with comorbidities and elderly who are vulnerable”.
Bank closed after 4 staffers test positive
The Jammu Kashmir Bank authorities have ordered the closure of J&K Bank’s Narbal branch in Central Kashmir’s Narbal area Budgam after four of its staff members tested positive for Covid-19.
The bank has already closed various branches across Valley after some of the employees were tested positive for Covid-19.
A Bank official told news agency Kashmir News Trust that the branch had been closed as a precautionary measure after four employees of the branch tested Covid-19 positive.
He said all those who may have come into contact with the infected employees have been asked to go for the Covid-19 test.
He advised the people to avoid visiting the branch till further notice.
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