Communal Incidents

There were at least 59 communal incidents in the country in January this year even as Union Home Ministry on Tuesday said the prevailing situation in the country “did not indicate existence of alleged intolerance” in the country.

Six people were killed and 233 were injured in January across the country in communal incidents with Uttar Pradesh (12) and Madhya Pradesh (11) accounting for the highest number of such incidents.

There were 751 communal incidents last year in which 97 were killed and 2,264 injured while in 2014, there were 644 incidents in which 95 lost their lives and 1,921 injured. In 2013, there were 823 communal incidents in which 133 were killed and 2,269 injured.

In written replies to questions on communal violence in the country, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju informed Lok Sabha that the Centre is assisting states in a “variety of ways” to help them tackle communal situations like sending paramilitary forces on request and sharing inputs.

According to him, “the prevailing situation in the country did not indicate existence of alleged intolerance”.

In January this year, Bihar witnessed seven communal incidents. Three — Kerala, Assam and Puducherry — of the five states and union territories going to polls witnessed no communal violence while Tamil Nadu one and West Bengal three such cases.

Karnataka reported six communal incidents in which 18 were injured.

Of the six killed in the first month of this year, two each were from Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra and one each from Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

Uttar Pradesh had the highest number of injured people at 64 followed by Madhya Pradesh (43) and Maharashtra (33).

Rijiju said Rs three lakh is given to the affected family for each death or permanent incapacitation under a central scheme. “This amount is initially paid by the respective state government, which maintains the relevant records. It is reimbursed by the central government on receipt of such request after due verification,” he said.

Communal Incidents in January 2016

 

State

 

 

 

Incident

 

Killed

 

Injured

 

Uttar Pradesh

 

12

 

1

 

64

 

Madhya Pradesh

 

11

 

2

 

43

 

Maharashtra

 

7

 

2

 

33

 

Bihar

 

7

 

0

 

20

 

Karnataka

 

6

 

0

 

18

 

Delhi

 

2

 

0

 

13

 

Total (All India)

 

59

 

6

 

233

2015

Incidents: 751

Killed: 97

Injured: 2,264

2014

Incidents: 644

Killed: 95

Injured: 1,921

2013

Incidents: 823

Killed: 133

Injured: 2,269

(An edited version appeared in Mar 9, 2016)

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