New Delhi: According to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) report revealed that Uttar Pradesh has recorded the highest number of deaths in judicial and police custody in the country.
The report said in its fact-sheet unveiled by the commission during an event to mark its Foundation Day, “Uttar Pradesh has recorded 401 deaths in judicial custody, while in the police custody, the state witnessed 27 deaths-both are highest in the entire country.”
According to the commission, Punjab has recorded the second highest number of judicial deaths at 170 while Maharashtra has recorded the second highest number of deaths in police custody with 23 cases.
Chhattisgarh has witnessed the highest number-66 cases-of police gun battles, followed by Assam with 43 cases, and Jharkhand with 15 cases.
The NHRC Chairperson Justice H.L. Dattu said, speaking to reporters, “The NHRC has registered 1,05,664 cases on the basis of complaints, intimation from Police and Prison Authorities and also on suo motu basis.”
He added, “The increasing number of complaints being received by the commission indicates not only the faith of the people in its functioning but also their awareness about the importance of promotion and protection of NHRC.”
Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Haryana, Delhi and Bihar were the top five states to have registered a maximum number of human rights cases with the NHRC.
Dattu said the total amount of money NHRC has recommended in the cases of police gun battles stood at Rs 1.50 crore.
The NHRC’s Foundation Day falls on October 12. However, due to the absence of the Chairperson, the event is being celebrated on October 21.