New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh is leading the states in number of custodial deaths, with a total of 952 cases registered from April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2022. In the year 2020 to 2021, the state registered 451 such cases while in 2021-2022 (till March 31) the total custodial deaths reported was at 501.
The state with the second highest number of custodial deaths is West Bengal with a total of 442 cases from 2020-2022, with 257 in 2021-22 and 185 in 2020-21. Next was Bihar with a total of 396 custodial deaths, which includes 237 in 2021-22 and 159 in 2020-21.
Tamil Nadu, where some of the custodial death cases have gained national attention, recorded 105 cases in 2021-2022.
The year 2021-22 was a deadly year in the country, with 2,544 custodial deaths. The year prior from 2020-21 saw 1,940 custodial deaths registered, bringing the total deaths in the last two years in custody at 4,484.
The data shared in the Lok Sabha by Minister of State, Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai on July 26 also revealed the cases registered of police encounters in the country with a total of 233 from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2022. The country saw 82 cases registered of police encounters in 2020-21 and 151 such cases in 2021-22.
Jammu and Kashmir witnessed 45 deaths in police encounter, from 2021-22, the highest for that year, while the previous year saw 5 such deaths in police encounters. In total however, it was Chhattisgarh which saw the most deaths registered in police encounter at 54, the year 2021-22 saw 30 such deaths registered and 2020-21 a total of 24 such deaths in the State.
Uttar Pradesh has registered a total of 27 police encounters, with 11 registered in 2021-22 and 16 such encounters in 2020-21.