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Uttar Pradesh tops home ministry list on communal violence

'Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Gujarat, too, have seen several such incidents'

Press Trust Of India  |  New Delhi 

With 247 incidents of communal violence, Uttar Pradesh has earned the dubious distinction of topping the list of states that witnessed riots in 2013, and the situation is no different in 2014 either.

Communal violence claimed 133 lives across the country last year, which included 77 deaths in Uttar Pradesh. According to latest home ministry statistics, 823 such incidents were reported from across the country in 2013 in which 2,269 people were injured.

Apart from Uttar Pradesh, the other states with high communal violence were Maharashtra (88), Madhya Pradesh (84), Karnataka (73) and Gujarat 68. While the data for this year is still being compiled by the home ministry, a rough estimate put the number of communal clashes reported this year at around 65 in which at least 15 people lost their lives.

Riots in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar and its adjoining areas had claimed over 60 lives during August-September last year. More than 90 people were injured and over 50,000 were displaced due to the communal violence then.

About 360 people were injured in these incidents in Uttar Pradesh in 2013. The state also registered 118 communal incidents in 2012, in which 39 people were killed and 500 were injured.

While 12 people were killed in Maharashtra in these incidents, 11 people were killed in Madhya Pradesh during in 2013. During April-June this year, the highest communal-violence incidents were reported from Uttar Pradesh (32) followed by Maharashtra (26), Rajasthan (18) and Madhya Pradesh (17). A total of 149 communal incidents were reported across the country in April-June this year.

| 247 No of incidents of violence in UP in 2013
| 133 Total violence-related deaths in the country in 2013

| 77 Total violence-related deaths in UP in 2013
| 823 incidents reported across India in which 2,269 persons were injured in 2013
| Riots in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas had claimed over 60 lives during August-September last year

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First Published: Wed, August 06 2014. 20:42 IST