Union minister of state for home Nityanand Rai said based on the information received from National Human Rights Commission (NHRC),136 people died in police custody in 2018, 112 in 2019 and 100 in 2020.
He further said as many as 1,189 were found to be tortured in police custody.
Rai was responding to a question by Congress leader P Chidambaram on whether there has been a sharp increase in the incidents of custodial deaths and torture in police custody in the country.
As per information made available by NHRC no such increase has been noticed, he added.
Responding to a question on whether there is a large number of unreported cases of custodial violence and sexual harassment in the country, Rai said, “As per seventh schedule to the Constitution of India, Police and public order are state subjects and the state governments are empowered to deal with such offences which come to their notice as per the extant provisions of the law.”
Chidambaram also sought to know if the government had taken note of various reports of police violence against civilians in enforcing Covid lockdowns.
Rai responded saying that “such information is not being maintained separately.”
“Sensitisation exercise for the police on various aspects of the law is an ongoing process,” Rai said responding to whether the effectiveness of sensitisation exercises for the police is being measured in any way.