According to the Crime in India 2020 report by the National Office of Criminal Records (NCRB), which collates the crimes registered in the CPI, Uttar Pradesh continues to top the list with 23,121 such deaths. Madhya Pradesh had the second highest number of deaths for this reason and replaced Karnataka. In 2019, Karnataka it had recorded the second highest number of such deaths in police records.
Data shows that over the past year, 45,229 people died in ‘hit-and-run’ cases, which is almost 34% of the total recorded negligent deaths related to traffic accidents. During 2019, the number of victims of this type stood at 52,540, which represented 34.5% of the total fatalities in the police file.
The data also shows that in 2020, police from all states and UT arrested 79,308 people for the crime, which included 259 women. The report also mentions that 26 minors, including a girl, were detained by the police for this crime.
“Everyone expected road deaths to drop significantly in 2020 due to blockades and movement restrictions across the country. But the final data does not reflect this. So we need to find solutions based on scientific studies and evidence. Following this report, the number of deaths from all traffic accidents may be higher when the NCRB publishes the report on fatalities from accidents, ”he said. Love Srivastava, founder of India Road Safety Campaign and member of the National Road Safety Council.