Burglars break into Jamia Masjid Sumbal, 3 shops

Burglars break into Jamia Masjid Sumbal, 3 shops
The shop owners claimed that at least 50,000 have been looted from the readymade shop while the toughened glass has also been smashed into pieces.Special Arrangement

Bandipora: Burglars stole over Rs 50,000 cash and other valuables after breaking into Jamia Masjid Sumbal and three shops at Sumbal market in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district Tuesday night, locals and officials said Wednesday.

The ransacking of the Jamia Masjid by the burglars has caused shock and outrage in the area.

Salman Mehraj, a local shopkeeper in Sumbal said that the burglars looted cash from the Jamia Masjid’s donation safe at the main market besides breaking into a readymade shop of Showkat Ahmad Gojri, a grocery store owned by Muhammad Rafiq Shah and a pharmacy of Abdul Ahad Bhat.

The shopkeepers said that at least 50,000 had been looted from the readymade shop while the toughened glass had also been smashed into pieces.

From the grocery store, some items and cash were stolen while the burglars also broke into the medical shop, they said.

An official said that a forensic team along with local Police arrived at the spot and took fingerprints for investigations into the case.

The burglaries come two days after the burglars broke into three houses in the Nowpora area of Bandipora, escaping with jewellery and other valuables while one of the families was away to attend a marriage function.

Zahoor Ahmad Lone, one of the victims, said that the burglars looted jewellery and other valuables worth lakhs from his house.

Locals said, in the same locality, the burglars also damaged the windowpanes of two more residential houses of Dr Makhan Lal and Abid Hussain Lone.

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