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348 Custodial Deaths In Last 3 Years, 230 Political Killings: Govt

According to data shared by the Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai on Tuesday, 136 people died in police custody in 2018, 112 in 2019 and 100 in 2020.

348 Custodial Deaths In Last 3 Years, 230 Political Killings: Govt
Over 300 custodial deaths in three years | PTI/File Photo
348 Custodial Deaths In Last 3 Years, 230 Political Killings: Govt
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2021-08-03T16:58:34+05:30

Days after the mob fury following the custodial death led to the death of a woman police constable in Bihar, the government has informed the Lok Sabha that 348 people died in police custody in different parts of the country in the last three years. 

Speaking in Lok Sabha, the minister also informed that 230 people were killed in various parts of the country for political reasons between 2017 and 2019.

Encounter Killings

According to data shared by the Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai on Tuesday,  1,189 others were found to be tortured during detention from 2017-19 while 348 lost their lives in Police encounters.

The data is based on the information received from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), 136 people died in police custody in 2018, 112 in 2019 and 100 in 2020.

Moreover, 542 people were tortured in police custody in 2018, 411 in 2019 and 236 in 2020, he said replying to a written question.

In recent days, rising encounter killings in the state of Assam has caused concern across political parties as well as rights organisations with several critics referring to Assam Police under the Himanta Biswa Sarma-led government as "trigger-happy".  At least 15 suspected militants and criminals have been shot dead in police encounters since May of this year alone as they reportedly tried to snatch service weapons or attempted to escape from custody. At least 25 others were injured in similar incidents in the same period.

Political Killings

Speaking in Lok Sabha, the minister also informed that 230 people were killed in various parts of the country for political reasons between 2017 and 2019.

Rai said those who were killed for political reasons include 49 in Jharkhand, 27 in West Bengal and 26 in Bihar. While 99 people were killed in the country for political reasons in 2017; 59 were killed in 2018; and 72 in 2019, he said in a written reply to a question.

Among the political murders between 2017 and 2019, a total of 24 such cases were reported in Karnataka and 15 each in Kerala and Maharashtra, he said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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