RAWALPINDI - An infant died allegedly of poisonous smoke caused by tear gas shells fired by the local police to disperse the protesters of political parties on Murree Road, reliable sources disclosed to The Nation yesterday. 

The deceased was identified as Wajid, son of Tahir Khan, ageing three months, of Liaquat Bagh, they said.

According to the sources, the parents of the infant boy were taking their baby to Benazir Bhutto Hospital for medical check-up when they stuck near Committee Chowk, the place where the local police were firing tear gas shells on the workers of Awami Muslim League and Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf. They were protesting against Sharifs’ rule.

The sources said the baby boy died because of poisonous smoke caused by the shells.

They said the doctors at BBH also confirmed that the reason behind the death of the boy was the tear gas smoke.

CPO Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi, when contacted, denied that any child has died of tear gas smoke. He said the police had handled the protesters as per law and constitution.