Woman dies after experiencing chest pain due to tear smoke: Family

Srinagar, July 9

A woman died today at Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital due to a heart attack after she experienced chest pain due to tear gas accumulated in Habba Kadal area of Srinagar yesterday evening. The woman has been identified as Jameela, 55, of Purshyar, Habba Kadal.

“As the forces were withdrawing from the area yesterday, youth resorted to stone pelting which was responded by tear smoke shells by the forces. The entire area was engulfed by tear gas smoke due to which my mother experienced great pain in her chest,” Parvaiz Ahmad Sofi, Jameela’s son told Narrator, adding that she was keeping good health and had no ailments as such.

Though the family bought some medicine for her, the pain didn’t subside, a neighbour said.

“In the morning, Jameela was shifted to SMHS hospital where she was attended by the doctors. But just at 7:30 pm today, the doctors said that she had a heart attack and passed away,” Muhammad Maqbool Gujri, president of local mohalla committee, said.

However, Medical Superintendent of SMHS hospital Nazir Chowdary said that he has no knowledge of such case.

SSP Srinagar Imtiyaz Ismail Parray said that the allegation is baseless and the death has no relation with tear smoke.

“It is illogical to say that suffocation will kill you after 50 or 60 hours. Death due to suffocation is immediate. The incident took place yesterday and death occurred today, there is no relation between the two,” he said.

Protests erupted in different parts of Valley on the maiden death anniversary of militant commander Burhan Wani whose death resulted in pan-Kashmir uprising.

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