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61,974 cases of riots and clashes, 35 sedition cases in 2016: NCRB

As many as 60 cases of custodial deaths or disappearance from lock-ups were reported in India in 2016.

india Updated: Dec 01, 2017 08:40 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
Riots,Clashes,National Crime Records Bureau
A man lifts a motorbike in a vandalised area by Dera Sacha Sauda sect members in Panchkula, India, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. Deadly riots broke out after a court convicted Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh of raping two of his followers. Mobs also attacked journalists and set fire to government buildings and railway stations. (AP File Photo)

A total of 61,974 cases of riots and group clashes took place in the country in 2016, down 5% from the previous year, National Crime Records Bureau data said on Thursday.

According to it, 35 cases of sedition were also registered in 2016 out of which Haryana accounted for the highest number of 12 cases followed by Uttar Pradesh with six.

Among the 61,974 cases of riots and group clashes, the highest -- 11,617 cases -- were registered in Bihar, 8,018 in Uttar Pradesh and 7,898 in Maharashtra.

There were 61,974 cases of riots and group clashes in the country in 2015.

The 35 sedition cases registered in 2016 included three each in Karnataka and Kerala, two each in Delhi, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh and one each in Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal.

As many as 60 cases of custodial deaths or disappearance from lock-ups were reported in the country in 2016 of which 12 were in Maharashtra, nine each in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, five in Madhya Pradesh, four in Punjab, three each in Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh and two in Rajasthan.

A total of 32 people also died or disappeared in the country last year while they were under the remand of the police. These included six each in Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, four in Maharashtra and two each in Assam, Gujarat, Haryana and Tamil Nadu.

First Published: Dec 01, 2017 08:14 IST