111 people killed in 822 communal incidents in 2017, 515 infiltration cases in J&K

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NEW DELHI: As many as 111 people were killed and 2,384 others were injured in 822 communal incidents in the country in 2017, the Lok Sabha was informed today.
Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said that the highest number of communal incidents in 2017were reported in Uttar Pradesh where 44 people were killed and 542 others were injured in 195 communal incidents.
Karnataka has seen 100 communal incidents last year in which nine people were killed and 229 injured while there were 91 incidents of riots in Rajasthan in which 12 people were killed and 175 injured, he said. The minister said there were 85 communal incidents in Bihar in 2017 in which three people were killed and 321 injured and there were 60 incidents of riots in Madhya Pradesh in which nine people were killed and 191 injured.
There were 58 incidents of communal violence in West Bengal last year in which nine people were killed and 230 injured while Gujarat has witnessed 50 riots in which eight people were killed and 125 others were injured, Ahir said.
He said that in 2016, as many as 86 people were killed and 2,321 others were injured in 703 incidents of communal violence while in 2015, there were 97 deaths and 2,264 people were injured due to 751 incidents of riots. Meanwhile, as many as 515 infiltration cases from across the border in Jammu and Kashmir have been reported in 2017 in which 75 militants were killed, the Lok Sabha was informed today.
Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said that 515 infiltration cases were reported in 2017 in which 75 militants were killed in 2017 in comparison to 454 cases in 2016 in which 45 militants were killed.
In 2015, altogether 223 infiltration cases were reported in which 64 militants were killed, he said replying to a written question.
Rijiju said that security forces have taken appropriate measures by strengthening over-all security, including operational grid with enhanced human intelligence and use of technical intelligence grid, at the borders as well as in hinterlands to deal with such insurgency activities.