LPG crisis turns deadly

Chotta Bazar Man Loses Life To Tedious LPG Verification Process


Srinagar, Nov 15: In a tragic incident, a person from Chotta Bazar area of old Srinagar died of cardiac arrest on Thursday while waiting in a queue for his turn to get his LPG gas connection verified here.
According to witnesses, Ghulam Mohiuddin Shah, 67, was waiting in a queue at the office of Sona Tradeways at Karan Nagar here since morning to get his cooking gas documents verified.
“Shah suffered heart attack and fell unconscious and later people took him to the SMHS hospital where doctors declared him brought dead,” they said.
“He had died on the spot,” said a medico at the SMHS hospital. A pall of gloom descended on the entire Chotta Bazar area when Shah’s body was brought to his residence, with people cursing the J&K Government’s failure to ensure relief to people on account of verification of LPG documents.
Shah’s family members said he would visit gas agency continuously for the past five days for document verification. “He had many times requested the officials at the gas agency to get the documents verified but to no avail. Today I told him that I would get the documents verified but he insisted that I would lose my working day,” said Shahnawaz Shah, son of Ghulam Mohiuddin.
“My father was suffering from diabetes. He had no other health issue. But we lost him to this tedious LPG verification process,” Shahnawaz said. “It is unfortunate that people have to wait outside gas agencies like second-class citizens for days together to get their documents verified.”
The state government, he said, should take action against gas dealers who fail to mitigate sufferings of people.
Pertinently November 15 was the last day for submitting the verification forms or finalize the documentation process. Meanwhile, Station House Officer, Police Station Karan Nagar said: “We have not lodged any FIR since it is a case of natural death.”

Lastupdate on : Thu, 15 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 15 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 16 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST

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