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16000 undertrials in Meghalaya

- Pendency 97 per cent in state

Shillong, July 5: Over 16,000 people are “undertrials” in Meghalaya, while courts have convicted 152 during 2013, statistics by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) have revealed.

Of the 16,091 undertrials, trial for 372 of them have been completed while trial for 15,653 is pending (see chart). The pendency is around 97 per cent and constitutes 0.1 per cent of the all-India figure.

There are over 1,76,00,000 undertrials in India, of whom 7,61,368 have been convicted with a pendency percentage of 85 per cent.

Since last year, the Meghalaya government has been initiating the process of separating the executive from the judiciary. The separation has been done in Shillong, Jowai, and Tura, among others. With this separation, it is expected that the disposal rate of cases would be much faster. In the remaining districts, the same process will be adopted.

The lower courts in the state are being confronted with thousands of cases with an increase in the number of inmates in the district jails of Shillong, Jowai, Tura and Williamnagar.

Another NCRB data discloses there are 7,335 people who are under arrest, including those from the previous year. From among them, 1,163 were released before trial while chargesheets have been filed against 1,797 people.

Moreover, the data reveals there are 4,375 people who are under investigation at the end of the year. The pendency is around 59 per cent, which is 0.5 per cent of the all India pendency (see chart 2).

In Meghalaya, the NCRB statistics reveal there are 5,948 civil police personnel and 5,249 armed police.

In a state with an area of 22,429 square km, the total cases for investigation (including pending cases from the previous year) is 11,506. The number of policemen per 100 square km is 49.9. There are 416 policemen for every one lakh population, and the number of IPC cases per civil policeman is 1.8.


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