Gujarat Tops The List Of Custodial Deaths; 80% Deaths Occurred Before Accused Produced In Court, 40% Cases Ruled Out As Suicide
125 men died in police custody, and in only 16 deaths led to cases against police officials.
Over a period of 10 years from 2007-2016, a total of 125 people have died in police custody in Gujarat, reported Scroll. The report refers to government data published by the National Crime Records Bureau.
Shockingly, only 16 of these 125 deaths resulted in a case being registered against the police officials involved.
The police personnels have been charged with negligence, murder and culpable homicide. However, none of these 16 cases have resulted in a conviction.
According to the Scroll report, Gujarat tops the list of states with maximum custodial deaths, closely followed by Maharashtra.
The report also suggests a distinct pattern in these reported incidents of custodial deaths – most of the deaths occurred before the accused were produced in court, and a significant number of them were deemed “suicides.”
First, in 80.9 per cent of the cases reported in Gujarat, the individuals died before being produced in the court. The cases of custodial deaths in Maharashtra also report a similar trend. In 80.6 per cent of cases of police custody deaths, men were reported dead before being taken to the court.
Second, 42.4 per cent custodial deaths were reported as suicides in Gujarat and their cases were closed. In Maharashtra, 30.6 per cent of cases were closed after individual deaths were ruled as suicides.