Incidents of communal violence in the country have increased in the first six months of 2015 according to data released by the Home ministry, with 330 total riots and a death toll of 51.
According to Home ministry data, there were 330 incidents of communal violence between January and June, 2015 in comparison to 252 in the first six months of 2014.
Altogether 51 people have lost their lives and 1,092 others injured in communal violence so far this year. As many as 33 people had lost their lives in first six months of last year.
There were 644 riots during the entirety of 2014 in which 95 people were killed and 1,921 injured. Samajwadi Party-ruled Uttar Pradesh had the highest number of 68 such incidents in which 10 people were killed and 224 injured.
There were 133 riots in UP in 2014 in which 26 people lost their lives and 374 wounded. JD(U)-ruled Bihar has witnessed 41 incidents till June 2015 in which 14 people lost their lives and 169 others were injured.
There were 61 riots in Bihar in 2014 in which 5 people were killed and 294 others injured. BJP-ruled Gujarat has reported 25 incidents of communal violence between January and June 2015 in which 7 people were killed and 79 others wounded.
In 2014, there were 74 incidents of riots in Gujarat in which 7 people lost their lives and 215 others were injured.
Maharashtra, another BJP-ruled state, saw 59 incidents of communal violence in the first half of this year in which 4 people were killed and 196 injured. There were 97 riots in Maharashtra in 2014 in which 12 people were killed and 198 injured.
Congress-ruled Karnataka saw 36 such incidents in which two people were killed and 123 others injured.
In 2014, there were 73 cases of riots in Karnataka in which 6 people lost their lives while 177 were injured.