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`Political riots deadlier than religious’

20, Aug 2015

Aug 20 2015 : The Times of India (Mumbai)
UP Tops List In Communal Violence: NCRB
More people get injured or killed in political riots than in communal conflagration. According to latest data released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), in 2014, there were over 2,400 victims of political violence, while 2,000 people were injured or killed in communal riots.
According to the data, most communal incidents were reported from Jharkhand (349) followed by Haryana (201). West Bengal and Tamil Nadu had over 100 incidents each while Maharashtra recorded 99 cases.
Uttar Pradesh, which wit nessed one of the worst communal riots in 2013, recorded only 51 cases last year but had maximum number of victims at 356.
Maharashtra followed UP closely with 355 victims followed by Jharkhand with 349 victims.
Caste clashes were the third biggest reason for conflicts with over 1,800 people either getting injured or killed in riots on caste lines.Curiously , however, conflicts of Dalits and tribals with upper caste resulted in far lesser injuries and deaths as compared to other intercaste conflicts.
According to the data, 507 people became victims of riots caused by clashes between people belonging to scheduled castes and tribes and those not from the category. On the other hand, 1,346 people became victims of other caste conflicts.
Most conflicts between Dalits and non-Dalits were reported from Maharashtra with 147 riots and 183 victims. It was followed by UP with 66 cases and 101 victims.Bihar, curiously, recorded no such cases. Maharashtra again led the pack with 241 cases in other caste conflicts category followed by Tamil Nadu with 182 such cases.


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