Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir on Wednesday informed the Lok Sabha that 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.
According to the data released by Home Ministry in Parliament on Tuesday, Uttar Pradesh (UP) has witnessed highest number of communal riots in 2017, followed by Karnataka. As many as 111 people were killed and 2,384 others were injured in 822 communal incidents in the country in 2017.
In past three years, the communal incidents have remained highest in the country. Around 822 incidents recorded across the country last year against 703 in 2016.
Also, in 2016, as many as 86, people were killed and 2,321 others were injured in the incidents of communal violence. In 2015, 97 deaths were reported and another 2,264 people were injured in 751 communal incidents. A few days back, Uttar Pradesh witnessed Kasganj violence which took the lives of many in one go.