The Entrepreneur Development Institute (EDI) 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 targeted the EDI building.
While the exact reason for the ongoing attack may be known only after an inquiry, 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.
jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said that “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 center 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.