Average 5 custodial deaths every day in last 4 yrs, UP tops
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Last Updated: Sunday, December 13, 2009, 11:15
New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh has achieved the dubious distinction of reporting maximum number of custody deaths this year as 232 people have died in the police stations of the state.

In the last four years, the state has reported 1180 cases where people have lost their lives in police custody second only to Maharashtra which has seen 1184 such cases, official records of National Human Rights say.

Uttar Pradesh has topped the chart of custody deaths in the country consecutively for the last two years with 232 such deaths till November 30 this year and 330 such incidents reported till last year from state's police stations, the Home Ministry data shows.

Ironically, the militancy-torn state of Jammu and Kashmir where the state police are slammed for gross human rights violation, has reported just three custody deaths this year, while the figures stood at one, eight and one in 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 respectively, according to the data.

Andaman and Nicobar seems to have cleanest record in the matter of custody deaths as the Union territory reported just one incident during last four years.

Across the country, more than five deaths were reported every day from police stations during last four years on an average with 7,333 custody deaths being reported during the period, the figures indicate.


First Published: Sunday, December 13, 2009, 11:15

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