After setting its 21st school on fire on Thursday, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group has threatened banks in the Kashmir Valley, stipulating that bank managers must shut their branches according to the Hurriyat protest calender and do business only after 5 PM.
LeT posters appeared on electric poles, walls and shops in various villages in South Kashmir carrying the seal and signature of LeT district commander stating that “people who try to defy Hurriyat strike calls will not be spared. People can do their business only during relaxation hours called by the Hurriyat. We warn deputy commissioners that they should stop forcing employees to attend to duties, and we also warn bank managers not to open their branches during strike hours,” according to reports.
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Police have reported that over the past 3 days, unidentified gunmen looted over Rs 2 Lakh from a Jammu and Kashmir Bank branch, while another carried away a stocked ATM machine.
While a majority of Jammu and Kashmir Bank branches across the valley are closed, a few in Srinagar district open from 7AM to 11AM.