According to a report submitted by the Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday, Uttar Pradesh was the most communally violent state in 2016, with a total of 162 incidents of communal violence reported in the year.
Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, submitted a statement in Lok Sabha which said that Maharashtra and Gujarat were 2nd and 3rd state in that list with 97 and 74 riot-incidents respectively.
The politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh witnessed 155 such incidents in the year 2015. The number of communal violence incidents in the other election-bound states were as follows: 8 in Uttarakhand and zero in Manipur.
Punjab, a state that did not witness any communal incident in 2014 and 2015 saw one incident of communal violence in 2016.
The fourth and fifth position in the list were occupied by Rajasthan, recording 72, and Bihar, recording 61 such incidents.