Srinagar, Oct 9: The government Saturday furnished conflicting details in the legislative assembly and legislative council regarding the number of civilians killed in the police and CRPF action since the beginning of the unrest in June this year.
In a written response to a query about the civilian deaths by CPI-M leader MY Tarigami in the Lower House, the government said 109 civilians were killed since January in police and CRPF action.
Since June 11, when the unrest began with the killing of Tufail Matoo in downtown, it said 101 civilians were killed in the police and paramilitary action. In response to a similar query by Peoples Democratic Party legislator Murtaza Ahmad Khan in the Upper House, the government in a written reply said 98 civilians were killed in the forces' action.
Of the 98 civilians, it said 84 were killed by bullets fired by police and CRPF while the rest were killed by rubber bullets, pellets, teargas shells, beating, blasts, stampede and drowning. Panthers Party Legislator Syed Rafiq Shah was also told in a written response that 98 civilians lost their lives from June 11, 2010 to October 4, 2010 in police action.
However the government, in response to NC legislator Muhammad Yousuf Taing, said 102 persons including a cop lost their lives in the ongoing unrest since June.
It is in place to mention that while chief minister Omar Abdullah, during his recent speech in the Assembly, said, "110 people had rendered sacrifices during the ongoing unrest," the government kept furnishing written details in the House that 102 civilians were killed in the unrest.
MORE CASES TO BE REFERRED TO PROBE PANEL: GOVT
Meanwhile, the state government today said it would refer more death cases to the commission looking into 17 killings during recent violence in the Valley, if it is not satisfied with the ongoing magisterial probes into them.
"We will refer more cases to the Commission if there is need to do so," Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ali Muhammad Sagar said in the Legislative Assembly.
Sagar said the Commission of Inquiry headed by Justice (retd) Syed Bashiruddin Ahmad will be looking into the circumstances leading to the death of 17 youth, who were killed between June 11 to July 19.
He said 19 FIRs have been registered against security force personnel while Magisterial inquiry has been ordered into 13 cases.
Earlier, CPI (M) State Secretary and MLA Kulgam M Y Tarigami called for bringing all the civilian causalities that occurred during the recent unrest under the ambit of Commission of Inquiry to bring forth facts before public.