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Custodial deaths more in Maharashtra: Govt admits in LS

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today admitted that instances of custodial death in was "little more" in comparison to other states.

"Custodial death in is a little more," Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said in during


The Minister also submitted nationwide statistics of custodial deaths, according to which, there were 35 such deaths in in 2013, 21 in 2014, and 19 in 2015, which were highest among all states.

Rijiju said there were enough guidelines and directives issued by the National Human Rights Commission and the Supreme under which immediate action is taken against policemen responsible for custodial deaths.

member Satyapal Singh, a former Commissioner of Police, tried to counter Rijiju's statistics saying that Police and Police were the best police forces in the country, prompting hearty laughter from members.

With this, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan remarked "we will have to find out your records", leading to another bout of laughter by the MPs.

Singh said all custodial deaths cannot be described as deaths under police custody, as many of them are deaths under judicial custody, some could be natural deaths or some could be death due to illness.

However, former Union Home Secretary and former Director General Police of Jharkhand Police V D Ram, both MPs, seemed to disagree with and wanted to speak.

But the Speaker disallowed them and moved to the next question.

and Ram were seen gesturing towards suggesting that they would like to have a chat with him on the issue.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, March 21 2017. 13:57 IST
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