There was no siege around the residence of deceased: SSP Pulwama
An old woman on Wednesday died of cardiac arrest allegedly during a cordon and search operation at Tenghar village in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Family members identified the deceased as Fazi Begum, 60.
They alleged that government forces laid a siege of Tengnhar village and started searching the residential houses during Wednesday night.
"They (forces) during the operation broke the streetlights and banged the doors and windows of the houses," alleged one of the family members, adding that the deceased who was suffering from a heart disease felt scared and then became unconscious.
The family alleged that the forces did not allow them to take her to the hospital.
"We were asked to wait till the search operation was over and when it ended after 20 minutes, we rushed her to a hospital where the doctors declared her dead on arrival," said Gulzar Ahmad, son of Begum.
A group of residents accused the government forces of causing frequent harassment in the village.
An elderly man alleged that the government forces day in and day out surfaced in the village during night hours and intimidated the locals.
"They vandalise our property and harass the youth," he alleged.
Senior superintendent of police Pulwama, Chandan Kohli, said there was no siege around the residential house of the deceased woman. "The house was out of the cordon," he added.