309 killed in 865 incidents of police firing in 2007December 16th, 2008 - 3:03 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) As many as 250 civilians and 59 policemen were killed in 865 incidents of police firing in 2007 with Uttar Pradesh emerging the most troubled state in the country, reveals the latest report of the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB).According to NCRB’s Crime in 2007 report, police had to resort to firing 865 times for reasons ranging from riot control to anti-dacoity operations and anti-terrorist or extremist operations. This is significantly lower than the 2006 figure of 1,363.
While 250 civilians and 59 policemen were killed, 616 civilians and 855 policemen were injured, the report said.
Among the states, Uttar Pradesh recorded 469 incidents of police firing followed by 51 in Maharashtra and 47 in Jammu and Kashmir.
It also topped the list of the highest number of deaths with 102 killed followed by 30 in Andhra Pradesh, 27 in Maharashtra and 22 in Rajasthan.
The four states together accounted for 72.4 percent of total number of people killed due to police firing, the report stated.
Assam reported the highest number of police casualties with 19 killed, followed by 13 in Uttar Pradesh and 10 in Chhattisgarh.
The occasions necessitating police firing were largely related to anti-dacoity operations that contributed to 38.6 percent of the total number of incidents. Anti-terrorist and anti-extremist operations accounted for 21 percent; in 13.8 percent of the cases, police fired to quell riots.