Bijbehara: Police on Sunday used tear smoke shells to disperse the people protesting against the death of a local lady by a speeding vehicle-here in Takibal area of Bijbehara, located along the ‘apple valley’ road to Pahalgam.
The 35 year old lady-mother of four children-has been identified as Fahmeeda Akhtar, wife of Ghulam Muhammad Shah, a resident of Taibal area.
Local sources told Kashmir Reader that Fahmeeda was apparently crossing the road when a speeding bus crushed her.
“She died while being ferried to the hospital,” local sources said.
Following her death the residents came on to streets to demand speed breakers to be erected in the area, police sources said.
A police team reached the area and after failing to disperse the protesting people fired several tear smoke shells.
The protestors in response threw stones at the police men, brining the traffic on the route to a halt briefly.
Later on the protestors dispersed and the police left the scene. No one was injured during the clashes.
SHO Bijbehara, Anzar Khan, however said he was not aware about firing of tear smoke shells.
“I visited the spot following the death of the lady. There were however no protests and no tear smoke shell was fired, to my knowledge,” Khan told Kashmir Reader.