Minister of State for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai on Wednesday said that the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) does not maintain specific data with respect to lynching incidents in the country.

He was replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha on whether incidents of mob lynching have increased in the last six months in the country.

The MoS said that State governments were responsible for prevention, detection and investigation of crimes and for prosecuting the criminals through their law enforcement agencies.

He further said that the ‘Police’ and ‘Public Order’ are State subjects under the seventh schedule of the Constitution.

Amidst an increase in the incidents of mob lynching, the Congress government in Rajasthan has decided to bring a law to curb mob lynching and honour killing.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot made the announcement in the Assembly on Tuesday. He expressed concern over the rising incidents of mob lynching.

In the latest incident, a head constable investigating a land dispute in Padmela village in Rajasthan was beaten to death allegedly by a mob on July 13.

Last month, the death of a Muslim man had taken the nation by a storm after he was lynched by a mob in Jharkhand.

Tabrez Ansari, 22, died in a hospital, days after he was brutally thrashed by a mob at Dhatkidih village in Seraikela district on suspicion of stealing a bike.

The Opposition has slammed the BJP government over the rising lynching incidents involving Muslims and Dalits.