Day after, encounter site still being combed; EDI staff back to work

Srinagar: A day after the 48-hour encounter ended, government forces were still combing the Entrepreneurship Development Institute complex on Tuesday for any explosives even as its employees returned to an emotional reunion with a vow to resume normal work in three days in the badly-damaged building on the outskirts of Srinagar.
The huge government complex in Pampore, where the forces killed three holed-up militants while losing five of their personnel, was being sanitised as searches were conducted by the government forces for any explosives.
Three army commandos, including two Captain-rank officers, and two CRPF personnel were killed while by the militants.
Meanwhile, most of the staff including women reported to their duties and attended a meeting chaired by Director M I Parray at the nearby hostel building, which was unaffected during the gunfight, EDI sources said.
The employees recounted the moments when the militants barged into the building on Saturday afternoon and the subsequent rescue operation in which 120 of them were evacuated safely.
The employees greeted each other for surviving in the incident while expressing grief over the death of 50-year-old gardener Abdul Gani Mir.
The sources said the meeting, after discussing the ways and means, decided to resume the normal operations within next three days in a portion of the hostel building.
The employees decided to contribute a day’s salary to the bereaved family since the deceased was not a permanent employee of the institute, the sources said.
The EDI authorities have already informed the bereaved family that one of his daughters would be adjusted against a position suitable to her qualification as the deceased was lone bread-earner of two families comprising 11 members.
Mir was caretaker for two families including five girls and two boys. He was living with his in-laws after the death of his brother-in-law who had left behind four children and aged parents.
The officials found safe the entire record, which has been digitised in the routine course, of the entrepreneurs who have been working with the EDI under various schemes, the sources said.
They said it was decided that the ongoing training of 160 potential entrepreneurs would also be completed in the hostel building. The candidates, most of whom also had a narrow escape during the incident, would be informed about the resumption of their training by the field staff shortly.

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