The family of an elderly woman who died of cardiac arrest in Hajin area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Wednesday evening, have alleged that her death was caused due to tear gas fired by forces during a search operation in the area.
Hajira Begum (60), wife of Nazir Ahmad Dar, died of cardiac failure on Wednesday evening even as the family alleged that she died due to suffocation caused by teargas shells fired by forces men to break up stone pelting protests which erupted during a cordon-and-search operation in the area.
A joint search operation was launched by the army’s 13RR Unit, SOG of Jammu and Kashmir police and CRPF in the area following inputs about the presence of militants.
According to reports, Hajira was collecting charcoal in the front yard of her house in Danger Mohalla area when forces fired tear smoke shells near higher secondary school in Mir Mohalla.
The family said Hajira, an asthma and diabetes patient, fell unconscious after inadvertently inhaling the fumes from the tear smoke shells and was rushed to a local medical facility where doctors declared her dead on arrival.
Police has refuted the allegations and said that there was no law and order situation in the area and as such no tear gas shells 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,” Greater Kashmir quoted a senior police official as saying.
Doctors at a local medical facility said that Hajira died due to cardio pulmonary arrest.