Number of deaths in police custody is increasing in Assam

28 people have died in police custody since May

Number of deaths in police custody is increasing in Assam
Number of deaths in police custody is increasing in Assam

The main accused in the case of lynching of a student leader in Assam has been killed in a road accident. Due to this, a total of 28 people have died in police custody since May. Assam ranks first among the northeastern states in the matter. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) had recently said in its report that in the last 20 years between 2001 and 2020, there have been 1,888 police custody deaths across the country. But in these cases, only 26 policemen have been convicted so far. NCRB has been releasing the figures of policemen arrested in custodial death cases since 2017. In the last four years, 96 policemen have been arrested in cases of custodial deaths. As the number of custodial deaths in Assam increased from May till now, the opposition and non-governmental organizations have put the working style of the government and the police in the dock. Latest Case: Animesh Bhuiyan, a leader of All Assam Students Union (AASU) was lynched to death by a mob in Upper Assam's Jorhat district on Monday. The police had arrested 13 people including the main accused Neeraj Das in this case.

But Neeraj died in a road accident early Wednesday while trying to escape by jumping from a police jeep. Jorhat SP Ankur Jain told reporters, "Neeraj had informed the police about the drug stock during interrogation. The police team was going for recovery with him. But Neeraj jumped out of the jeep and tried to escape. During this, he was hit by a police vehicle coming from behind. On being taken to the hospital, the doctors declared him brought dead. But questions are being raised on this claim of the police. The reason for this is that Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who took office on May 10, has already given a controversial statement on this issue. After assuming power, he had clearly said that in the case of criminals. The government will proceed with the policy of zero tolerance.

Within two months of his taking oath, the police had gunned down 12 suspected criminals who were allegedly trying to escape from custody. Justifying this after the questions raised by the opposition, the Chief Minister had said that if the accused first fires or tries to run away, then the police have the right to open fire. According to the Assam Police data, during the five months from May to September, there were 50 incidents of encounters in which 27 people were killed and 40 were injured. In all such cases, the suspected militants or criminals allegedly either tried to snatch the weapons of the policemen or tried to escape from custody. Opposition's charge Keeping in mind the ever-increasing number of custodial deaths, opposition parties, and social organizations have openly accused the police of killing the police in the second term of the BJP government. Taking cognizance of these cases, the Assam Human Rights Commission had on July 7 directed the government to conduct an inquiry into the circumstances related to these deaths. Commission member Nab Kamal Bora says that according to media reports, the people who died were in custody and were wearing handcuffs. In such a situation it is necessary to find out under what circumstances they died. Earlier, Arif Jwadar, an advocate based in New Delhi, had also complained to the National Human Rights Commission about the custodial deaths during the tenure of Himanta Biswa Sarma.

Within two months of his taking oath, the police had gunned down 12 suspected criminals who were allegedly trying to escape from custody. Justifying this after the questions raised by the opposition, the Chief Minister had said that if the accused first fires or tries to run away, then the police have the right to open fire. According to the Assam Police data, during the five months from May to September, there were 50 incidents of encounters in which 27 people were killed and 40 were injured. In all such cases, the suspected militants or criminals allegedly either tried to snatch the weapons of the policemen or tried to escape from custody. Opposition's charge Keeping in mind the ever-increasing number of custodial deaths, opposition parties, and social organizations have openly accused the police of killing the police in the second term of the BJP government. Taking cognizance of these cases, the Assam Human Rights Commission had on July 7 directed the government to conduct an inquiry into the circumstances related to these deaths. Commission member Nab Kamal Bora says that according to media reports, the people who died were in custody and were wearing handcuffs. In such a situation it is necessary to find out under what circumstances they died. Earlier, Arif Jwadar, an advocate based in New Delhi, had also complained to the National Human Rights Commission about the custodial deaths during the tenure of Himanta Biswa Sarma.