Man dies of heart attack during demolition drive

SRINAGAR; A sexagenarian man died of heart attack on Thursday during the demolition drive by the Lakes and Water Ways Development Authority (LWWDA) in Nigeen area of Srinagar.

Reports said that Mohammad Shafi, son of Ghulam Mohammad Mir of Nigeen suffered a heart attack when a team of LWWDA officials appeared in the locality and started demolishing the roof of his house. He was referred to the SK institute of medical sciences, Soura, where the doctors declared him brought dead.

When the word about Shafi’s death spread in Nigeen, scores of people took to streets and staged demonstrations against the LWWDA. The protesters blocked the Hazratbal-Lal Chowk road demanding strict action against the LWWDA men, they blamed were responsible for Shafi’s death. Later, senior police officials reached the spot and pacified the protesters by assuring action as per law against the LWWDA officials.

“The deceased was repairing the roof of his house which was damaged by the snowfall. The LWWDA officials met him last night and asked him for bribe. He refused saying he was not doing anything illegal. This morning the LWWDA team again came and started demolishing his house. Due to shock, the sexagenarian man died of heart attack,” Shabir Ahmad, a neighbor was quoted as saying.

GNS quoting a police official said that police will initiate proceedings under section 174 Cr Pc in this regard.

“We’ll also question the LWWD team, who had gone to the locality for the demolition drive. Post mortem report will also help us in carrying out the investigations. The report might come in around 20 days,” the official added. 

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