PoK woman who set self afire in Kashmir dies

  • PTI, Srinagar
  • Updated: Apr 15, 2014 17:37 IST

A woman from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) had come to J&K along with her husband under the rehabilitation policy for former militants, succumbed to burn injuries here, four days after she had set herself ablaze in Bandipora district.

Police official said, "Victim, Saira Begam (35), wife of Abdul Majid Lone, had set herself on fire on April 10 in the north Kashmir district."

The mother of three minors, including two daughters, was first rushed to the district hospital from where the doctors referred her to SKIMS hospital in Soura here where she took her last breathed.

The official said, "Lone, a resident of Naidkhai village of Bandipora and a former militant, had come to Kashmir via Nepal in 2010 under the return and rehabilitation policy of the government.

Former militants and their families in the recent past have held protests demanding full implementation of the rehabilitation policy as they were finding it difficult to earn a livelihood."

"They have also demanding identity documents to visit their families in PoK," he added further.

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