1. J&K: Terrorists holed up in govt building in Pampore; 1 jawan injured

J&K: Terrorists holed up in govt building in Pampore; 1 jawan injured

An encounter has ensued between the security forces and militants in Pampore in Srinagar on Monday

By: | Updated: October 10, 2016 2:25 PM
pampore-l The militants were trapped inside the seven-floor hostel building of Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) located on the banks of the Jhelum river, some 12 km from the Srinagar city centre, officials said.

An encounter has ensued between the security forces and militants in Pampore in Srinagar on Monday. A building within the premises of the head office of Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) in Sempora area of Pampore on the outskirts of the city caught fire this morning, a police official said. It is also reported that one army jawan has been injured in the ongoing encounter with terrorists.

The militants were trapped inside the seven-floor hostel building of Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) located on the banks of the Jhelum river, some 12 km from the Srinagar city centre, officials said.

Police sources say that two to three militants could be present inside the multi-storey concrete building. They say that militants might have deliberately set the building on fire hoping that police will arrive. “It could have been a plan. They could have thought that police will arrive once they see fire and they (militants) would easily target them,” said a police source. “But when the fire servicemen arrived, they fired to show their presence inside”.

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“One soldier has been injured in the exchange of fire with militants holed up inside the building at Pampore,” a defence spokesman said here.

He said further details were awaiting as the operation was in progress to flush out the militants.

However, an army official said soon after the fire, a gunshot was heard from within the premises of JKEDI. Fire tenders have been rushed to the spot, but they are not being allowed to enter the building due to security reasons, the official said.

“We don’t know exactly what happened. We saw smoke coming out of the top floor of the hostel and called the fire brigade and police,” a JKEDI employee told IANS, speaking on anonymity.

“When the security forces arrived and militants began firing at them and suddenly there were guns roaring from all sides,” he added.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah hit out at militants for targeting the Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI), saying the ultras don’t want young Kashmiri boys and girls to stand on their feet.

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“All the EDI ever did was to train young Kashmiri boys and girls to stand on their own feet and not seek government jobs. Militants don’t like that!” Omar tweeted.

The surrounding area has been cordoned off while a heavy exchange of gunfire is still going on. The main building of the institute was razed down in a February shootout when militants had captured it and launched a major attack on the security forces. Militants had killed six persons – a civilian, three soldiers, and two paramilitary troopers before three militants were gunned down in the battle that raged for nearly three days. The institute, situated on the strategic arterial road connecting Jammu and Srinagar, has three buildings – a guest house, a hostel complex and the main office building – on a large swath of 3.5-acre land on the Jhelum.

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