Lucknow, Mar 14: Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh has topped the list of states that witness maximum communal violence incidents in the country in 2017, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday. Among the states where the highest number of such cases took place in 2017 include Karnataka, Rajasthan, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.

Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, in a reply to a written question in Lok Sabha, said, 822 communal incidents took place in the country in 2017, whereas as many as 703 such incidents occurred in 2016 and 751 incidents in 2015.

“The incidents are reported to be attributed to religious factors, land and property disputes, gender related offences, social media related issues and other miscellaneous factors,” he said.

Meanwhile, Karnataka has recorded 100 such incidents, followed by Rajasthan (91), Bihar (85), Madhya Pradesh (60) besides others, Ahir said.

Notably, in 2016 too, the highest number of communal violence cases was reported from Uttar Pradesh (162 incidents) followed by Karnataka (101), Maharashtra (68), Bihar (65), Rajasthan (63) among others.