Highest custodial deaths in Gujarat : 76 Deaths in police custody, 14 due to Lathicharge

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By Muslim Mirror Staff

New Delhi: According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report released on Tuesday, 14 September, the police committed 20 cases of human rights violations in 2020, including encounter killings, deaths in custody, illegal detention, torture, and extortion.

The number of cases filed against the police for human rights violations has decreased by 59.18 percent from the 49 cases filed in 2019.

Gujarat had the highest number of custodial deaths (15) among India’s states and union territories.

According to the report, there were 76 deaths reported in police custody in 2020, compared to 85 deaths in 2019. The parameter has experienced a total decrease of 10.58 percent.

31 people died by suicide in police custody in 2020, out of the total number of people who died in custody. 34 people died as a result of illness or while being treated in hospitals. 2 people died as a result of injuries they sustained while in police custody. 1 died as a result of injuries sustained while in custody. Three people died while attempting to flee from custody. Other causes of death claimed the lives of five people.

In 2020, 47 civilians were killed as a result of various police operations, compared to 71 deaths for the same parameter in 2019, according to the report. A 30.98 percent decrease can be seen.

Furthermore, 14 people died as a result of lathicharge in 2020. In comparison, five civilians were killed as a result of lathicharge in 2019. This parameter has experienced a 180 percent increase.

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