Woman dies of tear smoke in Hajin: Family

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 12/6/2018 4:52:01 PM

Police denies allegation

SRINAGAR, Dec 5: A woman allegedly died due to tear smoke in a locality in Hajin this evening. However, police denied having fired the smoke shell.
Reports quoting the family said that the woman died due to cardiopulmonary arrest after the security forces fired tear smoke shells
However, the police refuted the allegation and said there was no law and order situation in the area.
The family members of Hajira Begum (60), wife of Nazir Ahmad Dar claimed that she died due to suffocation caused by teargas shells fired by the forces to disperse youth who were pelting stones on them as they were withdrawing after a search operation in the area.
The search operation was jointly launched by army, SOG and CRPF in the area following inputs about the presence of militants.
Hajira was collecting charcoal in the front yard of her house in Danger Mohalla area when the forces fired tear smoke shells near higher secondary school in Mir Mohalla, said the relatives.
“There was a lot of smoke in the area and around our house. She (Hajira) felt unconscious as she had inhaled the tear smoke. She was an asthma and diabetes patient,” said a relative.
The woman, he said, was declared dead at the hospital.
Police claimed that there was no law and order situation in the area and no tear smoke shells were fired.
“When there was no law and order situation how is it possible that tear smoke shells would have been fired in the area. Nobody has died due to tear smoke in the area,” said a police official.
Meanwhile, BMO Hajin, Dr. Tariq Ahamd told media that the woman was brought dead to the CHC Hajin. "She had died due to cardio pulmonary arrest. She was a chronic patient of asthma,” he said.



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