Woman dies due to tear smoke in Hajin locality, alleges family

No tear smoke shell was fired: Police

EJAZ-UL-HAQ BHAT
Bandipora, Publish Date: Dec 5 2018 11:46PM | Updated Date: Dec 5 2018 11:46PM
Woman dies due to tear smoke in Hajin locality, alleges familyGK Photo

A woman died allegedly due to Cardiopalmonary arrest in Dangar Mohalla locality of Hajin after forces allegedly fired tear smoke shells while winding up Cordon and Search Operation in Mir Mohalla locality of Hajin on Wednesday evening. However, the police claimed there was no law and order situation in the locality. 

Family members of Hajira Begum (60), wife of Nazir Ahmad Dar claimed that she died due to suffocation caused by tear smoke after forced allegedly fired tear gas shells to disperse stone pelting youth in the area.

"Hajira was collecting charcoal in the front yard of her house when forces fired tear smoke shells near higher secondary school. There was lot of smoke in the area and around our house. She felt unconscious as she had inhaled the tear smoke. She was already an asthma and diabetic patient," said a relative of the deceased.

He said that when they took her to the hospital she was already dead and doctors declared her brought dead.

Police, however, claimed that there was no law and order situation in the area and no tear smoke shell 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," a senior police official of the district said.

Meanwhile, BMO Hajin, Dr Tariq Ahamd said that the woman was brought dead to the CHC Hajin. "She had died due to cardiopalmonary arrest. She was a chronic patient of Astama," he said.

A cordon and search operation was laid in Mir Mohalla locality of Hajin by the government forces. The operation was laid following inputs about the presence of militants by Army's 13RR Unit, SOG of Jammu and Kashmir police and CRPF in the area.

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