A 55-year-old woman died of a cardiac arrest at Bemina in Kashmir after a CRPF personnel allegedly trained his gun at her on Thursday evening.
Jameela and her husband Abdul Rashid Khan (60) were drinking tea in their kitchen when they heard CRPF personnel chasing youths outside their house, located near the Srinagar-Jammu national highway.
On hearing the smashing of window panes, Jameela rushed upstairs. “When she looked through the broken windowpane, a CRPF man pointed his gun towards her. She collapsed right there,” Khan told The Indian Express. She was rushed to a hospital where she was declared “brought dead”.
A CRPF spokesperson said stone pelting was going on in the area when the woman died. “She (Jameela) died of cardiac arrest. It has become fashionable for people to blame the CRPF for everything,” he said.
The elderly couple have two daughters, both of whom are married. Khan suffers from diabetes and urinary problems. “She would take me to the hospital and also give me medicine on time,” said Khan, breaking down.
Khan sells blankets and has also rented out two rooms in his house. “He does not have any support now,” a neighbour said. Local residents accused personnel of a nearby CRPF camp of attacking their houses whenever any protest took place on the highway.