The Assam Kaziranga University

Assam has the third-highest number of encounters in the country, according to the data from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

In response to a question in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, the home ministry shared this information from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), saying that after Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh, the majority of encounters in the country were reported in Assam (50 cases).

Between January 1, 2017, and January 31, 2022, 655 cases involving deaths in police encounters were recorded across the country, with Chhattisgarh accounting for the most with 191 cases, followed by Uttar Pradesh with 117, Assam with 50, Jharkhand with 49, Odisha with 36, J&K with 35, Maharashtra with 26 and Bihar with 22.

Goa, Mizoram, Sikkim, Tripura, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Ladakh, Lakshadweep, and Puducherry were among the states/UTs where no deaths in police encounters were reported.

According to NHRC data, there have been eight deaths in police encounters in Delhi.

The home ministry said no record was maintained centrally regarding the number of FIRs registered for encounter killings, number of ongoing investigations against police officers on charges of encounter killings and the number of police officers convicted on these charges.

According to guidelines issued by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on May 12, 2010, any death resulting from police action must be notified within 48 hours of its occurrence. All delinquent officers found guilty in a magisterial inquiry/police probe should face immediate prosecution/disciplinary action.

The Assam Kaziranga University