An encounter broke out between militants and security forces on Saturday at Entrepreneurs Development Institute at Pampore on the Srinagar – Jammu national highway. Dozens of employees of the institute are also trapped in the nearby hostel building.
Militants attacked CRPF jawans on the national highway in the evening and then took refuge inside the neighboring EDI building in which two jawans were injured. The employees and trainee students were also present when militants entered the EDI campus. Sources, however, said that majority of employees took shelter in the EDI hostel building that is away from the main office building.
Some officials said that 60 employees were in the campus. There are reports that two to five militants are in the buildings. Efforts are on to evacuate the trapped employees in the campus.
The security forces have cordoned off the area and firing is going on. EDI Director Mohammad Ismail Parray said that he is in Jammu and gathering details about the incident.
An employee told that they are holed up in the hostel building and firing is going on. It is not clear whether there are civilian employees in the main office building of the EDI where militants are hiding.