New Delhi, July 18: The entire nation was taken by a storm over the Ishrat Jahan death controversy but what the anti-Narendra Modi political brigade in the country forgot is that Gujarat is not even in the top ten when it comes to fake encounter, a case not rare in India.
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According to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Gujarat is ranked 17 among the Indian states with eight cases of alleged fake encounters.
The NHRC has documented 555 cases of alleged fake encounters between 2009 and 2013 (till February) across the country and the top three states in the list are Uttar Pradesh (138 cases), Manipur (62) and Assam (53). West Bengal and Jharkhand are fourth and fifth in the list with 35 and 30 cases, respectively.
Of the top three states, both Manipur and Assam are ruled by the Congress. The top-most ramking BJP-ruled state in the list is Chhattisgarh with 29 cases.
The Amnesty International has revealed that over 1,000 people have been killed in fake encounters in India between 1993 and 2008 and yet, instead of finding a way to curb the cold-blooded murders of defenceless people, the issue has become a topic of endless debate between a deeply polarised political circle.