The year 2010 saw the lowest number of incidents of communal violence in the State in the last 10 years, according to Home Minister R. Ashok.

Speaking to presspersons in Bangalore on Wednesday, Mr. Ashok said only eight incidents of communal violence had been reported in 2010 as against 10 and 13 in 2009 and 2008 respectively.

According to statistics released by him, the State witnessed the highest number: 26 in 2002 while the years 2004, 2003 and 2000 had seen 23, 22 and 20 incidents respectively.

In 2010, one incident of communal violence was reported each in February and April while two were reported in March, November and December.

He attributed the reduction in communal violence to good administration and efficient maintenance of law and order.

Rowdy list

Mr. Ashok said he had directed the Police Department to remove the names of reformed rowdies, especially those aged above 60 years, from the rowdy sheet maintained by police stations.

Strangely, names of octogenarians were included in the rowdy sheet though they were not into any anti-social activities anymore, he said.

He suggested that the Police Department should instead focus on crushing rowdies who are active and remove the names of reformed rowdies from their list.