Uttar Pradesh tops the list of lockup deaths.. 73% increase in Tamil Nadu !
In the last two years, a total of 4,484 people have died in police custody in the country and 233 people have died in police encounters, the Indian Home Ministry told the Lok Sabha.
In response to a question raised by Union Muslim League MP Abdussamad Samadhani about the number of deaths in police custody and encounter deaths, Minister of State for Home Affairs Nithyanand Roy on July 26 said, “From April 2020 to March 2022, Uttar Pradesh tops the list with a maximum of 952 cases of custodial deaths in the last 2 years.”
In the last 2 years, a total of 952 cases have been reported in the state of Uttar Pradesh, including 451 cases in 2020-21 and 501 cases in 2021-22. Next, a total of 442 cases have been reported in West Bengal. Bihar, the third-ranked state, has reported 396 cases.
Following this, 364 cases have been reported in Madhya Pradesh, 340 cases in Maharashtra and 225 cases in Gujarat and Punjab. Overall, 1,940 cases were reported in 2020 and 2,544 cases in 2021.
As far as South Indian states are concerned, a total of 172 cases have been reported in Tamil Nadu out of which 63 cases of custodial deaths are in 2020-21 and 109 cases in 2021-22. Tamil Nadu ranks 7th on this list.
In the data on deaths due to police encounters, a total of 233 deaths have occurred in the last 2 years. In this, Chhattisgarh state is at the top with 54 cases, Jammu and Kashmir is at the second position with 50 cases and Uttar Pradesh is at the third position with 27 cases. In Tamil Nadu, 7 encounter deaths have occurred in last 2 years.
The number of deaths in police custody in Tamil Nadu has doubled to over 100 in the last year. At the same time, Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of custodial deaths in the country with 501 cases in the last year.