New Delhi: India saw more than 3,800 communal
clashes in the last five years, which on an average accounts
for more than two such incidents, Rajya Sabha was informed
The highest number of communal incidents were reported
in the year 2008 when 943 cases took place across the country
with maximum reported from Orissa followed by Uttar Pradesh,
Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka.
Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Maken in a
written reply presented data pertaining to "communal incidents
in the country from 2004-2008". It shows that 11 states and
union territories did not report any incident last year.
The total number of cases reported during the five-year
period was 3,858 with 677 reported in 2004, 779 in 2005, 698
in 2006, 761 in 2007 and 943 in 2008.
During the last five years, Maharashtra reported maximum
of 681 communal clashes followed by Madhya Pradesh where 654
cases were reported and Uttar Pradesh where 613 cases came to
light, it says.
"The Central government has introduced a Bill titled The
Communal Violence (Prevention, Control and Rehabilitation
of Victims) Bill, 2005 in the Rajya Sabha to address various
aspects of the issue of communal violence," Maken said.