111 killed in 822 communal incidents in 2017, UP reported most: Home Ministry

NEW DELHI: 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 that the highest number of communal incidents in 2017 were reported in Uttar Pradesh, which recently witnessed violence in Kasganj, where 44 people were killed and 542 others were injured in 195 communal incidents.

Poll-bound Karnataka has seen 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 there were 85 communal incidents in Bihar in 2017 in which three people were killed and 321 injured and there were 60 incidents of riots in Madhya Pradesh in which nine people were killed and 191 injured.

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

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

In 2015, 97 deaths were reported and another 2,264 people were injured in 751 incidents of communal violence.

PTI inputs