Protests in Pampore as EDI stand-off enters third day

The authorities had imposed restrictions in Pampore town where dozens of protesters yesterday indulged in heavy stone pelting as they tried to march towards the gunfight site.

Zahid Maqbool
Pampore, Publish Date: Feb 22 2016 11:09AM | Updated Date: Feb 22 2016 11:09AM
Protests in Pampore as EDI stand-off enters third dayAfter attacking the bus, the militants had entered the JKEDI complex and taken cover in the multi-storeyed building.

Angry youths on Monday defied restrictions in several localities of Pampore town and staged massive protests as a gunfight raged on in a government building between militants and government forces.

The authorities had imposed restrictions in Pampore town where dozens of protesters yesterday indulged in heavy stone pelting as they tried to march towards the gunfight site.

Witnesses said that protests were held in the entire Pampore town, especially Drangbal area.

The youths hurled rocks at the police and paramilitary forces.

So far, six people, including two captains and a soldier of Para 9, two paramilitary troopers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and a civilian have been killed in the gunfight.

The gunfight started on Saturday evening when militants attacked a CRPF bus at Sempora (Pampore) on the Srinagar-Jammu highway.

After attacking the bus, the militants had entered the JKEDI complex and taken cover in the multi-storeyed building.

The slain people include Abdul Gani Mir of Gundipora Pulwama, JKEDI gardener, captain Pawan Kumar of 10 para regiment belonging to Jind (Haryana), captain Tushar Mahajan of nine para regiment belonging to Udhampur town of Jammu region, Lance naik Om Prakash of nine para regiment, head constable Bhola Prasad and driver constable R. K. Rana, both of the CRPF.