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.