111 killed in 822 communal incidents in 2017: govt.

U.P. tops chart with 44 deaths

February 06, 2018 09:44 pm | Updated 10:25 pm IST - New Delhi

Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir. File

Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir. File

As many as 111 people were killed and 2,384 others were injured in 822 communal incidents in the country in 2017, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said the highest number of communal incidents in 2017 were reported from Uttar Pradesh where 44 people were killed and 542 others were injured in 195 incidents.

Karnataka saw 100 communal incidents last year in which nine people were killed and 229 injured, while there were 91 incidents of riots in Rajasthan in which 12 people were killed and 175 injured, he said.

The Minister said 85 communal incidents were reported from Bihar in 2017 in which three people were killed and 321 were injured. Madhya Pradesh saw 60 incidents of riots in which nine people were killed and 191 were injured.

Nine people were killed and 230 were injured in 58 incidents of communal violence in West Bengal last year while Gujarat witnessed 50 riots in which eight people were killed and 125 others were injured, Mr. Ahir said.

He said that in 2016, as many as 86 people were killed and 2,321 others were injured in 703 incidents of communal violence. In 2015, a total of 97 people were killed and 2,264 were injured due to 751 incidents of riots.

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