In the ongoing gunfight between security forces and militants in Pulwama district, two soldiers have been reportedly injured while two to four militants trapped in a government complex in Jammu and Kashmir.
Heavy armed militants, in the wee hour on Monday, entered the Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) in Pampore town in the morning and began firing at security forces, police official was quoted as saying by media.
Police said, the militants, who are inside the building, changed their position constantly to avoid getting killed. “They are firing intermittently and frequently changing their position inside the building,”police said.
Media reports quoting their sources said the security personnel fired rockets and used light machine guns in a bid to localize the guerrillas so as to launch a final assault without suffering major casualties.
The multi-storey government complex is located on the banks of the Jhelum river, some 12 km from the Srinagar city centre. The same institute had been targeted in a major attack in February, in which, five security personnel and a civilian were killed. Three militants were shot dead in that attack.
Earlier in the day, as soon as the militant’s presence was reported, a joint operation was launched by the army, the Special Operations Group of the state police and the Central Reserve Police Force.
“Security forces have surrounded the building and all escape routes have been sealed,” a police officer said. The building has more than 200 rooms.
According to a report in IANS, locals told the news agency that the militants entered the institute from the river side and were holed up inside the hostel.
Meanwhile, Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah hit out at militants for targeting the Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI), saying that the ultras don’t want young Kashmiri boys and girls to stand on their feet.
“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 said in a tweet.