Double Whammy for Zainakote Family as Grandma Dies of Shock

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SRINAGAR: Tragedy befell the family of the late Gowhar Nazir Dar, whose life was snuffed by a  CRPF tear gas shell on 7th November-the day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Srinagar-again on Monday in the form of the death of his grandmother. Gowhar’s grandmother, Rehti Begum, suffered a massive cardiac arrest the moment she heard of his death.

Rehti Begum was 65.

According to Mohammad Yusuf Dar, Gowhar’s paternal uncle “She was old and weak. We knew she would not bear the tragedy that befell us. So, we did not inform her about the death. We told her that Gowhar has received minor injuries.”.

“But on Sunday she got a whiff of Gowhar’s death after people started pouring in for condolence. When she heard that Gowhar had been killed, she fell on the ground in a state of shock,” he said, adding that she was shifted to JVC. “But she had already died,” he said.

Gowhar, – an engineering student of SSM College-,according to family members had  gone to buy milk when he was killed in cold blood by the CRPF. 

“It was a target killing. He was killed by the CRPF men who didn’t spare even a mentally retarded person in the area and beat him up before killing Gowhar,” Mohammad Yusuf Dar, Gowhar’s uncle, said.

The victim’s family and residents in Zainakote maintain that there was no stone-pelting when CRPF men allegedly resorted to live fire and teargas shelling in the area.

Gowhar’s killing had elicited a shutdown call from the pro-freedom camp. Following this , over 40 protesters were injured in day-long clashes with government forces in different parts of Kashmir Valley on Sunday against the killing of Gowhar.

 

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