Kolkata: According to a recently released report of 'Prisons Statistics - 2011' by the National Crime Bureau, the Muslim percentage of inmates in West Bengal is disproportionately high.
56.7% of convicts belong to Muslim community were lodged in four States namely Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
Besides Gujarat and Maharashtra, West Bengal is amongst those states with high numbers of Muslim prisoners or under trial.
In Gujarat Muslim population are 10%, but as per 'Prisons Statistics - 2011' Muslim prisoners under trials and convicts in jail are 22%. In Maharashtra Muslim population are 10%, but comprise of 34% prisoners.
In West Bengal Muslim population are 25%, but Muslim prisoners under trials and convicts in jail are 48%.
Total convicts in jail in West Bengal are 5660, as on December 31, 2011. Of this, Hindus are 2919, Muslim 2595, Sikh 6, Christian 126 and others are 15.
Under trials prisoners in West Bengal are 13567, of which 7017 are Hindu, 6174 Muslim, 17 Sikh, 319 Christian and others 40.
The number of Muslim under-trials has increased from 5,722 in 2010 to 6,174 in West Bengal.
Detenues in the West Bengal are 5, Hindu 2 and Muslim 3. Other prisoners in West Bengal are 276. Hindu 110, Muslim 155 and Christian 11.