Five members of a family, including two children, died apparently due to asphyxiation at their rented accommodation here, police said Saturday.
Khurshid Ahmad Sheikh (45), a resident of Kupwara district’s Tangdhar area, had come here a few days ago with his family for the treatment of his mother, a police official said.
They had rented a house in Boat Colony near SKIMS Hospital, Bemina, where the elderly woman, Reshma, was being treated, the official said.
On Friday night, the five members of the family apparently died due to suffocation, he said.
The official said Khurshid, his wife, Gulshan, their two children, Faizan, 8, and Furqaan, 5, and Reshma were found dead.
He said the cause of the death is being ascertained and the bodies have been sent for an autopsy. However the deaths apparently occurred due asphyxiation, he said, adding the police have registered a case in the matter.
He said arrangements are being made for airlifting the bodies to their native place in Kupwara.
“Arranging their airlifting. Coffins (are) being arranged and the bodies are being sent across Sadna Top,” Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam said.
National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and vice-president Omar Abdullah expressed grief over the deaths.
“It is deeply distressing to know about the incident. May Almighty give the bereaved much needed strength to bear the loss and peace to the departed souls,” said Farooq in his condolence message.
Omar Abdullah while expressing sorrow over the incident said, “I express my heartfelt condolences to the families of the five residents of Tanghdar who have lost their lives tragically in the dreadful incident,” adding that in order to forestall such incidents from happening in future, administration must hold awareness campaigns by employing different modes of mass media including social media.
“I urge the administration to grant adequate ex-gratia relief to the bereaved family. Meanwhile I take this opportunity to appeal the people to use appliances and other gadgets watchfully to ensure there is no harm to their life and property,” he said.
Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president G A Mir expressed deep sorrow and asked the administration to ensure adequate relief to the bereaved family.
Senior CPI(M) leader M Y Tarigami urged the government to provide ex-gratia to their next of the kin.