Srinagar, Jan 5, CNS: In a horrific incident, five members of a family died due to asphyxiation here in Bemina area of Kashmir capital Srinagar.
Reports said that a pall of gloom descended upon the locals here in Boatman Colony after the five bodies of a family were found in a dilapidated room on Saturday morning. As the news about the death of five members of a family spread in the area, a police team from Bemina police post rushed to spot to ascertain the facts.
A police official said that a family from Tanghdar Kupwara had arrived here in Srinagar for a medical treatment to one of their family members. “They stayed in a rented room but died due to asphyxiation,” the official said adding that due to no ventilation in the room, all the five members of the family including two children died due to suffocation as a gas heater was found in the room.
He identified the deceased as Khurshid Ahmed Sheikh (45), Reshma Jan, Gulshan Jan, Faizan Ahmed Sheikh and Furqan Ahmed Sheikh.
“We have registered a formal case and a postmortem has been conducted upon the bodies. The bodies were airlifted to the native village of the deceased,” added the official.
This winter a number of people died due to asphyxiation in Kashmir. Two employees of Mughal Darbar Bakery & Restaurant died on last month due to suffocation at HMT Srinagar while in the same month three outside labourers died in Shou Kulgam.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah and vice president Omar Abdullah expressed deep anguish and shock over the death of five residents of Tanghdar including two children aged 8 and 5 who have died due to asphyxiation at their rented accommodation in Bemina, Srinagar.
Dr Farooq while expressing sorrow said, “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.”
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.
CPI (M) leader Mohamad Yousuf Tarigami also expressed grief and shock over the tragic incident in Mansoor Colony, Bemina area of Srinagar in which five members including two minors of a family died. There are reports that they had rented a room and were putting up there as the road to Tangdhar, Kupwara was closed after heavy snowfall since overnight.
He demanded that the dead bodies of deceased be immediately airlifted to their native village in Tangdhar as the road is closed after heavy snowfall.
He expressed sorrow over the loss of precious lives and urged the government to provide ex-gratia to the families of deceased. (CNS)