It is a matter of serious concern that the Branch Manager of Ellaqui Dehati Bank (Regional Rural Bank sponsored by State Bank of India) at Arreh Mohanpora branch in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district was shot dead by the terrorists in the office premises on 2nd June 2022, Thursday. This is reportedly the eighth targeted killing since 1st May 2022. The slain Branch Manager was Shri Vijaykumar, 29 years old hailing from Rajasthan. He was probationary officer given charge of the Branch. He joined the bank in 2019 and got married in February this year.
The dastardly attack has sent shock waves not only to the family members but also to the entire banking fraternity. This open attack exposes the serious security lapse to the bank employees and officers who are vulnerable targets of the terrorists. It is the primary responsibility of the Bank, the sponsor bank and the Government to provide security to the bank employees who work in Kashmir under severe stress to serve the people of Kashmir.
The bereaved family has to be provided with sufficient compensation. All concerned should ensure that no such gory incident happens in future.