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New Delhi: Suicide is the biggest reason for custodial deaths in India, according to data released by the National Crime Records Bureau on Tuesday.

Out of 97 custodial death cases or disappearance from police custody in 2015, 33 were attributed to suicide, the report said. Eleven died of prior illnesses and only nine died of natural reasons across the country.

Interestingly, not a single policeman has been convicted in cases of custodial death or disappearance from police custody in 2015 as was the case in 2014; police personnel have been named in the chargesheet in 28 cases.

Out of 96 cases of deaths and disappearance in police custody or lock-up in states, an enquiry has been conducted in only 31 cases. Among union territories, only Delhi has one case of lock-up death registered for which a judicial enquiry has been conducted.

There was no significant rise in cases of custodial death as 92 cases were reported across all states in 2014.

Eleven states, including Jammu and Kashmir and Manipur, had no cases of lock-up deaths in 2015, according to the data.

The National Human Rights Commission had issued guidelines in 1993 making it mandatory for the police to report any case of custodial death or rape within 24 hours to the commission and set up an enquiry.

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