Government releases data of
Sep 24, 2013, TNN[ Bharti Jain ]
In 2012, the country had seen 640 incidents of communal violence and 93 deaths – 48 from the Muslim community, 44 Hindus and one police official.
A total of 2,067 people were injured last year. The injured included 1,010 Hindus, 787 Muslims, 222 police officials and 48 others.
Uttar Pradesh, which witnessed nearly 50 deaths in the recent Muzaffarnagar riots, recorded the highest casualties until September 15, 2013 at 62 deaths, of which 42 victims were Muslims and 20 Hindus.
According to Union home ministry figures circulated during the NIC meet on Tuesday, UP saw 93 riots and 108 incidents of communal tension. A total of 219 Muslims and 134 Hindus were injured.
India‘s most populous state had recorded the highest number of deaths (39) in communal unrest in 2012 as well. It recorded 117 incidents of communal violence, in which 20 Hindus and 19 Muslims were killed. Among the injured, 266 were Hindus, 197 Muslims and 25 police officials.
The home ministry compiles the data on the basis of reports from the state governments.
In Maharashtra, 10 people were killed and 271 injured in 56 incidents of communal violence until September 15 this year. Seven of the 10 killed were from the minority community. Of the injured, 101 were Hindus, 106 Muslims and 64 police officials.
Bihar saw 40 communal disturbances, 25 incidents of tension-like situation and recorded nine deaths – five Hindus and four Muslims.
Among the injured, 123 were Hindus, 66 Muslims and 19 police officials.
Gujarat saw 54 cases of communal violence, 21 of tension and recorded six deaths – three Hindus and three Muslims.
The injured included 85 Hindus, 57 Muslims and five police personnel.