Man’s Life Proves Too Short For Long LPG Queue

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SRINAGAR – In the end, the government deadline proved literally so for elderly Ghulam Mohiuddin Shah of Chota Bazaar – his life ran out in the unending queues before gas dealers, waiting for registration which was to end today.

The seventy-year-old had been at it for the past week, his son Shahnawaz said.

He would leave home in the morning, and return late in the afternoon, defeated by the large crowds – and finally succumbed to the mounting strain at Karan Nagar, his regular haunt for several days.

Today he had been in the queue for three hours.

Far from being in the pink of health – he had taken voluntary retirement from the state police for medical reasons – Shah had taken on the bootless project of queuing up for gas registration because no one else in the family could afford to spend days together before overwhelmed outlets.

According to doctors at the SMHS Hospital, Shah had died of a heart attack. Mental stress compounded by poor weather conditions led to the end, they said.

With just 47 outlets to cater to over 10 lakh consumers, the state has been overtaken a by grave crisis after the government announced a cap on subsidized LPG and oil companies began fresh verification before issuing rations.

For the past six weeks, thousands of people remain crowded at gas agencies to get documents verified for their quota of cooking gas.

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