Pampore: The ongoing encounter at the EDI complex at Pampore has entered the second day with armed forces on the job bringing in heavy weapons to launch the final assault.
“As of now the forces have been finding it tough to enter into the big building and fight the holed up militants whose number is still not known. Interestingly, there has been no such firing from the militants who are said to be holed up in the building”, police said.
Despite heavy shelling, the imposing building was still standing, eyewitnesses said on Tuesday evening.
“Pampore operation is in the last stage, forces plan to demolish Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) building where terrorists are holed up,” news reports quoting sources said.
EDI BUILDING ATTACKED LAST IN FEB
The main building of the institute was razed down in a 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 personnel 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 swathe of 3.5-acre land on the Jhelum.
The road on which the institute is located is the lifeline not only for local supplies but is the only all-weather link used by the army to reach the Srinagar-based 15 Corps headquarters that is the nerve centre of the fight against militancy in the state.
The area around the building houses a government-owned joinery factory and a highly secured complex of medium and shortwave radio transmitters of Radio Kashmir, Srinagar.
12 injured in Grenade blast in Shopian
Shopian: At least twelve persons were injured in a suspected militant attack in Shopian on Tuesday morning.
Reports said that grenade was hurled at CPRF men deployed in Bona Bazaar area of the district.
The grenade was hurled at the Para-military troopers who were standing near a forces vehicle-Vajra.
Sources in district hospital Shopian said that they received twelve persons who were injured in the grenade attack but “all are stable”.
The injured included eight civilians and four CRPF men. Out of eight injured civilians, three are ladies.
SP Shopian Tahir Saleem told CNS that a search operation was launched to nab the militants, however, no arrests were made during the operation.
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