Srinagar, Oct 9: The state government Saturday accepted that 37 students died during the ongoing unrest in the Valley since January this year.
Replying to a question by CPI (M) general secretary Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami in the Assembly, the state government said that from January 1 to Sept 30, 94 civilians succumbed to their injuries in different incidents of protests and 15 persons lost their lives in stone pelting, drowning and stampede at several places.
Of the 37 students, it said 30 received bullets, four died due to drowning, one electrocuted, one in stampede and one received a stray bullet. However, government did not reveal the occupation of 16-year-old Inayat Khan of Malteng Dalgate, who died on January 8, who was a student of Child Care Raj Bagh and pursued a computer course at an institute at Koker Bazar.
Two kids, 9-year-old Sameer Ahmad son of Fayaz Ahmad of Batamaloo and 10-year-old Asif Hussain Rather son of Ghulam Hassan of Delina Varmul, both students, also died during the period. Government said Sameer Ahmad died in stampede and in alleged beating by paramilitary CRPF while Asif received a bullet.
Replying to Tarigami's another question about the details of enquires conducted if any case and their outcome, government said a magisterial enquiry was ordered into the firing incident which resulted in the death of 15-year-old Zahid Farooq Sheikh son of Farooq Ahmad of Brein Nishat. Government said a case FIR No. 04/2010 under section 302 RPC was also registered at police station Nishat against R K Birdi, commanding Officer 68 BN, BSF and Constable Lakhvinder Singh.