New Delhi : Uttar Pradesh has earned the dubious distinction of topping the list of states that witnessed communal riots in 2013 and the situation is no different in 2014 too.

Communal violence claimed 133 lives across the country last year which include 77 deaths in UP. Over With 247 incidents of communal violence were reported in UP in 2013.

According to latest Home Ministry statistics, a total of 823 such incidents were reported from across the country in 2013 in which 2,269 people were injured. Apart from Uttar Pradesh, the other states where maximum number of communal violence took place included Maharashtra (88), Madhya Pradesh (84), Karnataka (73) and Gujarat 68.

While the data for this year is still being compiled by the Union Home Ministry, a rough estimate put the number of communal clashes reported this year to around 65 in which at least 15 people lost their lives.

Riots in UP’s Muzaffarnagar and its adjoining areas had claimed over 60 lives during August-September last year. More than 90 people were also injured and over 50,000 people were displaced due to the communal violence then. A maximum of 360 people were injured in these incidents in Uttar Pradesh in 2013. The state also registered a maximum of 118 communal incidents in 2012 in which 39 people were killed and 500 were injured.

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