Provide Job, Ex-Gratia To Deceased EDI Gardener’s Family: Kea To Governor



Daughters of the slain gardener of EDI. (Photo: Bilal Bahadur/KL)

Expressing serious concern over the killing of Abdul Gani Mir, a gardener at the EDI who was killed during rescue operations undertaken by the police and other forces when the encounter broke out in Pampore, the Kashmir Economic Alliance Chairman Mohammed Yasin Khan has appealed the Governor NN Vohra to grant ex gratia and job for the deceased’s family.

In a statement, Khan said there were multiple reasons for which the government cannot ignore the killing of this innocent civilian.

“One, this man was performing his official duty and second he was killed while being evacuated which means the police failed in properly doing so. Thus his poor man’s family which has no other source of livelihood deserves ex gratia and a job to the next of the kin,” Khan said adding “it was their genuine right in the civilized society.”

“The ex gratia initially to the tune of Rs 10 lakhs and job to one her family members needs to be given to the family without any delay.” He appealed Governor NN Vohra and his advisors including Chief Secretary BR Sharma and Khurshid Ganie to help out the family without any delay.

Khan also appealed the Governor to probe as to how police failed in proper evacuation of the people holed up inside the EDI complex. “What one infers from the media reports is that there has been some negligence the result of which remained loss of innocent life who had no reason be brought into the line of fire,” Khan said.

He also appealed the human rights groups including Amnesty International and the Asia Watch to look into the matter.

The 45-year-old gardener was shot in the abdomen while he was being rescued along with other employees of EDI after militants stormed into its premises Saturday evening triggering a fierce encounter. Mir succumbed to his injuries at Srinagar’s SMHS hospital.

“Mir is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters. His elder daughter has completed her post-graduation while the younger daughter is a school dropout. His son, youngest of the siblings, studies in class 8th. Working in EDI as a gardener on contractual basis for the past four years, Mir was planning to marry off his daughters. Now who will look after their family?” Khan said.

Meanwhile Khan expressed sympathies with the bereave family and prayed for peace to the departed soul.


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