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230 people killed for political reasons in 3 years Jharkhand tops list with 49 deaths, 24 from Karnataka

In a shocking report, 230 people have been killed in political violence between 2017 to 2019.  The details were shared by the Union Home Ministry in the Parliamentary on Tuesday. As per the report, Jharkhand state tops the list for political murders.

230 people killed for political reasons in 3 years Jharkhand tops list with 49 deaths, 24 from Karnataka-ycb
Bengaluru, First Published Aug 4, 2021, 12:42 PM IST

Nithyanand Rai, Minister of State For Home Affairs informed that the country witnessed 230 murders due to political reasons between 2017 to 2019.

While replying to a question on this subject, the Minister stated that, in 2017, 99 people were killed across India due to political reasons.
In 2018, 59 were killed and in 2019, 72 people lost their lives due to political reasons.

The interesting thing to note is small state Jharkhand reporting the highest number of deaths as it reported 49 deaths in between 2017 to 2019. Similarly, West Bengal and Bihar state which has a history of political murders have reported 27 and 26 deaths respectively.

Karnataka reported 24 deaths between 2017 to 2019 due to political reasons and Punjab reported 10  deaths due to this reason. It is also reported that the nine union territories including Ladhak and Jammu and Kashmir has not witnessed a single case of political murder.

The Union Minister has sourced this information from the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) and the details given in the Parliament were purely attributed to the NRCB report.

It is also reported that 348 people have died in police custody between 2018 to 2020 across India and the year 2018 reported the highest number of custodial deaths in which 136 people lost their lives. Similarly 112 people lost life in police custody in 2019 and in the year 2020, 100 such deaths were reported. The numbers were attributed to the National Human Rights Commission report.

The NHRC report of custodial killings comes at a time when the country is yet to recover from the spine chilling incident from Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu last year. On June 19, 2020, the Sathankulam police illegally detained a father and son for lockdown violation and were beaten black and blue. Both the victims died of bleeding and internal injuries. Later ten policemen including an inspector and three sub inspectors were suspended and arrested.

CBI also filed a chargesheet and had established that the victims were tortured which led to their deaths.

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