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Woman dies of teargas suffocation in Hajin, Police denies

Woman dies of teargas suffocation in Hajin, Police denies
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Srinagar: An elderly women died allegedly due to suffocation caused by tear and pepper gas used by government forces in Hajin town of Bandipora district in North Kashmir here on Wednesday.

The Police however denied the allegations.
There were large scale teargas shelling and pepper gas used by police to quell protesters in the Hajin. “My wife developed serious complications and couldn’t even breathe properly,” said Nazir Ahmad, adding, “She fell unconscious and when we took her to hospital, she was declared brought dead.”

The deceased women was identified as Hajira Begum.
When contacted BMO Hajin Dr Tariq said that that the woman died of cardio-pulmonary arrest. “she was an asthma patient and was discharged from hospital some days before,” he added.
“His family said that choking was aggravated by teargas smoking shells and exact death would be known by postmortem report.”

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