Economic Alliance demand ex-gratia for slain EDI gardener, questions evacuation

SRINAGAR: Expressing grief over the killing of Abdul Gani Mir, the Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) gardener who was killed during the gunfight that ended Monday, Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) chairman Mohammed Yasin Khan appealed the governor to grant ex-gratia and job to his family.
Mir, 45, was shot in the abdomen while being rescued, along with other employees of EDI, from the building that the militants stormed into on Saturday evening.
He succumbed to his injuries at Srinagar’s SMHS hospital later.
In a statement issued here on Monday, Khan said there were multiple reasons for the government to consider Mir’s case.
“First, this man was performing his official duty; second, he was killed while during evacuation, implying that police failed in saving him (sic).
“Thus, this poor man’s family, which has no other source of livelihood, deserves ex-gratia and a job to the next-of-kin. It is their genuine right in a civilised society,” he said.
Mir is survived by his wife, a son, and two daughters. His elder daughter is a postgraduate, his younger daughter a school dropout, and his son, youngest among the siblings, studies in class 8.
An amount of Rs 10 lakh should be given as ex-gratia and one of his family members must be granted a job without any delay, Khan said. The KEA chairman appealed the governor, N N Vohra, and his advisors to help the family without any delay.
Khan also appealed the governor to probe “as to how police failed in proper evacuation” of the people trapped inside the EDI complex.
“What one infers from the media reports is that there has been some negligence that results in loss of the innocent life…”
He also appealed the human rights groups, including Amnesty International and the Asia Watch, to look into the matter.