19 deaths in jails in state in 2015
Uttar Pradesh recorded 8 deaths of those not remanded in police custody, followed by Gujarat (7) and Andhra Pradesh (5). In the state, six policemen have been charge-sheeted for the deaths. Sixty-seven such deaths have been reported across the country in 2015mumbai Updated: Aug 31, 2016 00:48 IST
Even as the Bombay high court had directed the authorities to bring cases of custodial deaths to zero, the state recorded 19 such instances in 2015, according to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
The state stood first in custodial deaths (14) of people who were not remanded in police custody and second (5) in case of those who were remanded in police custody in 2015.
Uttar Pradesh recorded 8 deaths of those not remanded in police custody, followed by Gujarat (7) and Andhra Pradesh (5). In the state, six policemen have been charge-sheeted for the deaths. Sixty-seven such deaths have been reported across the country in 2015.
Assam recorded six deaths of those remanded in police custody, while three cases each were reported in Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, two cases each in Gujarat, Rajasthan and West Bengal.
“The deaths under the prison department are also counted as custodial deaths,” said a high-ranking police officer.
According to the NCRB, the reasons in the deaths in Maharashtra are injuries sustained due to physical assault (1), assault by other criminals (1), suicide (6), illness (2), natural deaths (2), road accident/journey connected to investigation (1) and hospitalization (6).
Lawyer YP Singh said, “Deaths are also reported when police are dealing with weak accused held for drug and other such offences.”
In 2014, the state reported highest number of deaths in custody (21 of the 93 reported in the country). Last year, the Bombay high court directed the state to bring instances of custodial deaths in the state to absolute zero. The government’s submissions came when a bench of justices VM Kanade and Revati Mohite-Dere were hearing a petition filed by Valdaris’ father.
Valdaris and three of his friends were arrested by the Wadala railway police for stealing a gold chain and a ring in April 2014.