New Delhi, Oct. 6 (PTI): As many as 666 cases of custodial deaths have been reported to the National Human Rights Commission in last six months with Uttar Pradesh topping the list with 100 cases.
, despite sensitisation programmes for police and judiciary personnel.
Bihar ranked second with 75 custodial deaths, commission sources said, with Maharashtra third at 69.
While Andhra Pradesh reported 58 cases of custodial deaths, Punjab and Bengal reported 40 and 30 cases, respectively, according to the commission’s statistics.
No incidents of death in custody were, however, reported from militancy-infested Jammu and Kashmir, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman, Diu and Lakshadweep.
The states that reported the minimum number of custodial deaths were Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura and Pondicherry with only one case reported in the last six months.
As many as 133 deaths have taken place in “homes” reported by state governments and Union Territories in this period.
Maharashtra alone accounted for 123 of these deaths.
While Delhi reported seven such deaths, Bengal, Haryana and Bihar reported one each over the past six months.