28 % – Rise in communal incidents
Communal violence under the National Democratic Alliance government led by the Bharatiya Janata Party increased 28% over three years to 2017–822 “incidents” were recorded that year–but it was short of the decadal high of 943 in 2008, according to an IndiaSpendanalysis of home ministry data.
Uttar Pradesh (UP)–the most populous state in the country–reported most incidents (1,488) over the last decade. Kasganj in western UP witnessed communal violence on January 26, 2018, in which a 22-year old youth–Chandan Gupta–was killed after being hit by a bullet.
As many as 44 people were arrested in connection with the violence, which erupted over an unauthorized march on Republic Day, the Indian Express reported on January 27, 2018.