348 people Died in police custody, 230 people murdered in India during 2017-19

New Delhi, August 04 (KMS): In India, the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has said that 348 died in police custody and 230 people became victims of political murders in three years from 2017 to 2019.

The Indian government released data on political murders in the country as its Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) while quoting National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) said for three years (2017 to 2019) 230 people became victims of such heinous acts.

The NCRB data said that seven Indian Union Territories (UTs) and Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir did not record even a single murder having motives related to political reasons.

While replying to a written question in Indian Lok Sabha, Minister of State (MoS) for Home Nityanand Rai, said, the NCRB, which started collecting data on cases registered and victims under “Motive of Murder for Political Reasons” has presented that in 2017 in 98 such cases 99 people died, whereas in 2018 they were 54 and 59 respectively. In 2019, 61 such cases were registered, of which 72 people died.

The Minister said, since West Bengal did not provide data for the year 2019, the NCRB compiled the list of such registered cases and the number of victims on the basis of 2018 figures for the state.

Meanwhile, responding to another question, the Minister said, as many as 348 people died in police custody in different parts in the last three years, while 1,189 others were found to be tortured during detention. Rai said based on the information received from the NHRC, 136 people died in police custody in 2018, 112 in 2019 and 100 people in 2020.

Moreover, 542 people were tortured in police custody in 2018, 411 in 2019 and 236 in 2020, he added.