The Entrepreneur Development Institute at Sempore-Pampore in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district has been attacked by terrorists twice this year. In February attack by terrorists on the EDI building, five security force personnel including two young army officers and a civilian employee of the Institute and three
militants were killed in the 48-hour operation.
In the second ongoing attack on the building, which started on Monday, the militants are believed to have entered the complex from the riverside. After getting inside the complex, the militants set on fire few mattresses inside a hostel room to attract the attention of the police and other security forces, which arrived within minutes of the smoke emanating from the building.
The attacks have led many to wonder as to why the terrorists specifically targetted the EDI building.
While the exact reason for the ongoing attack may be known only after an enquiry, what is apparent it that the terrorists want to send a message to Kashmiri youths, to keep them away from such institutions that make them self-reliant.
The Union and the state government has launched several initiatives in recent times to end the Kashmir unrest and attract the youth to pursue something that would make them self-reliant and not stone pelters. EDI is one such institute that helps develop entrepreneurs in the state.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah raised this point in detail in a series of tweets on Monday. “All the EDI ever did was train young Kashmiri boys & girls to stand on their own feet & not seek government jobs. Militants don’t like that!”
“No wonder for the 2nd time this year they have attacked the institute. They want young Kashmiris to be subservient & bitter not self-reliant.Every day it’s either militants snatching guns or then militants staging attacks. How can the centre be so blasé about where J&K is headed??” he tweeted.
In another attack at Shopian in Kashmir, two CRPF jawans and four civilians were injured in the grenade attack today.