The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has amended the traffic accident deaths figures for Bhopal in its "accidental deaths and suicides in India-2014" report released recently, after the Madhya Pradesh government lodged a protest with the Union government saying figures had been quoted erroneously for Bhopal.
The report, released on July 17, mentioned Bhopal as the city with the third highest number of traffic accident deaths among 53 mega cities in India.
According to the amended figures, Bhopal recorded a total of 307 traffic accident deaths in 2014, including 218 road accident deaths, zero railway accident death and 89 deaths at railway crossings. With this, Bhopal stands 21st among 53 mega cities in traffic accident deaths.
In the original report, the NCRB had cited 1,015 traffic accident deaths in Bhopal during the period, including 788 road accident deaths, 132 railway accident deaths and 95 deaths at railway crossings.
The figure appeared to be shocking because Bhopal with a population of 1.8 million was shown as reporting far higher traffic accident deaths as compared to cities with much larger populations.
"The figures that came out first were shocking. Merely by looking at the figures, we realised there had been an error and we took up the matter with the NCRB…The error occurred because the figures from Gwalior, Jabalpur and Indore -- the three other mega cities from MP on the NCRB list of mega cities -- were also added to Bhopal," said a senior IPS officer monitoring the figures.
As per the amended figures in the NCRB report, the total deaths in the state due to traffic accidents, however, remain unchanged at 11,312 including 9,292 road accident deaths, 1,897 railway accident deaths and 123 deaths at railway crossings.
The NCRB has also amended the figures in unnatural death and mass/family suicide category after the intervention by the state government.
The state police rechecked all the figures and found that there was discrepancy in figures pertaining to unnatural deaths and mass/family suicides as well.
As per the amended report, there were 17 cases of mass/family suicides in Madhya Pradesh in 2014. MP has recorded the second highest number of deaths attributed to unnatural causes at 31,092 in 2014. Maharashtra has the highest incidence of such deaths at 36,566.