HANDWARA — A 19-year-old girl died while her mother, 49, has been shifted to Srinagar after the duo sustained grievous injuries reportedly due to a shell blast in Handwara area of North Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Thursday.
Official sources said that the mother-daughter duo was cleaning collard greens, popularly known as ‘Haakh’, and some forest vegetables kept inside a bag, at their residence in Sharkoot Villgam in Taratpora Amargargh area of Handwara. Suddenly, there was a huge blast, injuring them grievously.
Identified as Sara Begum, 49, wife of Ghulam Ahmad Rather, and her daughter, Gulnaza Banu, 19, they were shifted to a local hospital where the teenage girl succumbed while her mother has been shifted in critical condition to Srinagar for specialized treatment.
A police officer while confirming the girl’s death and referral of the woman to Srinagar hospital said the duo had brought “longdi vegetables” from nearby forest on Wednesday.
“Apparently, they had brought a dead shell from the jungle. And today when they opened the vegetable bag at home, a blast occurred, resulting in injuries to both of them. Later, the teenage girl died,” the police officer said.
“A case has been registered and further investigations are underway,” the officer said. (GNS)