India records 655 Police encounters in last 5 Years; Assam ranks 3rd with 50 Cases

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In the five years from January 1, 2017 to January 31, 2022, 655 police encounter killings have been reported across India. Assam, in the northeastern part of the country, ranks third with 50 such cases.

This was revealed by Nityanand Rai, Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs, in response to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Varun Gandhi’s question in the Lok Sabha about the number of such killings reported in the country.

Between January 1, 2017 and January 31, 2022, 117 such incidents were reported in Uttar Pradesh, followed by 50 in Assam, 49 in Jharkhand, 36 in Odisha, 35 in Jammu and Kashmir, and 26 in Maharashtra, according to Rai.

In a written reply to a question, he said 26 police encounter killings took place in Maharashtra between January 1, 2017, and January 31, 2022. Twenty-two such incidents took place in Bihar during the same period, 15 in Haryana, 14 in Tamil Nadu, 13 each in Telangana, Madhya Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh, nine each in Andhra Pradesh and Meghalaya and eight each in Rajasthan and Delhi.

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