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Gujarat sees highest number of custodial deaths for 3rd straight year | Ahmedabad News


For the third consecutive year, Gujarat has recorded the highest number of custodial deaths across all states and union territories. The figures in the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) 2022 report were made public on Sunday.

The state reported 14 custodial deaths, as per the latest report. All those who died were not on police remand. Judicial inquiries were initiated against four of them and 10 of them had magisterial inquiries ordered against them.

In 2021, Gujarat had reported 23 custodial deaths. Fifteen such deaths were registered in 2020. The state saw the highest number of custodial deaths across all states and UTs in both years. In 2022, no action against police was taken, the NCRB data indicates. While four cases were registered and 12 were arrested in 2021 for the 22 custodial deaths, no cases were registered in 2022 for the 14 deaths.

According to the NCRB, eight of the 14 deaths happened due to suicide. Five persons died in hospital during treatment or due to illness, and one person died while escaping from custody.

Liquor and drug offences

Under the Gujarat Prohibition Act, 3.10 lakh incidents were reported in 2022 compared to the 2.83 lakh such incidents recorded the previous year. The state sees the highest crime rate when it comes to Prohibition Law among all provisions of law enumerated under NCRB reports. In 2022, the crime rate stood at 438 cases registered per lakh population, marginally higher than in 2021 when 405 such cases were registered per lakh population.

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While the offences registered under the NDPS Act across the state have remained more or less steady in 2022 compared to 2021, Ahmedabad and Surat are reporting an increase in the crime rate. In 2021, Ahmedabad registered 41 cases and Surat registered 25 cases which has now gone up in 2022 to 60 and 34 such cases for the respective cities.

Meanwhile, overall crimes registered under IPC and Special Local Laws (SLL) recorded in 2022 show a dip for the entire state of Gujarat — IPC crimes reported in 2022 being the lowest since 2018 — violent crimes are on the rise in the state. The trend is also mirrored in the two key cities of Ahmedabad and Surat.





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