CM condemns killing, Udhampur accident

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday expressed grief over Chenani raod accident and also condemned killing of bank guards in the valley. In a message here on Monday, Mufti expressed grief over the death of six persons in a road accident last evening at Chenani in Udhampur district. The Chief Minister has conveyed her heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved families and prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls. Mufti has also sympathized with those injured in the accident and directed the Udhampur district administration to provide all support to them in their medical treatment. She has also directed the Traffic authorities to ensure strict maintenance of traffic rules on the National Highway and elsewhere so that such unfortunate incidents don’t take place. Mufti also condemned the killing of two security guards accompanying a cash van at Kellar in Shopian district. The Chief Minister described the incident as highly unfortunate in which the officials guarding the public money were killed. She has also grieved over the death of a woman during a search operation in Handwara. Mufti said she has been all along warning of the ill effects of violence and reiterated her appeal to civil society to rise to the occasion and make the future of our youngsters safe and peaceful. J&K Bank Chairman and CEO Parvez Ahmed expressed shock over the killing of security personnel guarding the bank’s cash van on way to Keller from Shadimarg. He said, “It is very painful news and we at J&K Bank are shocked over the killings of security personnel namely Mushtaq Ahmad and Tariq Ahmad by the unidentified gunmen while guarding the bank’s cash delivery vehicle. I express my heartfelt condolences and all our sympathies are with the bereaved families. I also wish speedy recovery to the three injured officials of the bank including security guard.” “Let me add here that these innocent guards were there only to protect the people’s money and such gruesome incidents create hardships for the general public and hinder us from serving the people of these areas well”, he said. Meanwhile, the Chairman assured the bereaved families of appropriate support from the bank. “Human life is invaluable and its loss can in no way be compensated. However, the affected families need to be sufficiently supported financially and emotionally as they have lost bread earners.” Notably, both these guards were employees of Honest security agency – a private security firm.