Who polices the police? AP ranks 5th in cases booked against cops in 2021

It may be recollected that in 2019, the AP police admitted that they had erroneously submitted false data and that the total cases against cops were 111 and not 1,681.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  31 Aug 2022 4:30 AM GMT
Who polices the police? AP ranks 5th in cases booked against cops in 2021

Vijayawada: With 185 cases, Andhra Pradesh ranked fifth in the country in cases booked against the police in 2021. The cases registered against the police personnel decreased by over 29% in 2021 compared to 2020, according to the crime in India 2021 report released by NCRB. The cases against police personnel decreased to 185 in 2021 from 261 in 2020.

It may be recollected that in 2019, the AP police admitted that they had erroneously submitted false data and that the total cases against cops were 111 and not 1,681.

Bihar tops the list with 4,062 cases against the police in 2021, followed by Maharashtra with 448 cases, Rajasthan (245), and Gujarat (209).

Zero convictions

Out of the 185 cases in AP, 61 have been charge-sheeted, 103 of them arrested, 18 cases saw the final report being submitted, 11 cases have been withdrawn, and trials were completed for 12 persons. Yet again, there were zero convictions while the acquittal rate stood at 100% in all the 12 cases that were disposed of by the courts.

The data revealed that 26 cases were registered for human rights violations in 2021. Out of these, six cases were registered for encounter killing, seven for deaths in custody, three cases for torture/causing hurt/injury, and two cases for extortion.

3rd in custodial deaths

Another dubious distinction in Andhra Pradesh is that of custodial deaths with AP ranking third in the country after Gujarat and Maharashtra in 2021. A total of six persons died in police custody of which five happened to be remand prisoners. Out of these six cases, a magisterial inquiry was ordered in three cases.

The AP police have been facing criticism for suppressing protests of Opposition parties in parts of the state.

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