The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has taken serious note of discrepancies in data on communal violence collected by its human rights division and the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
The Indian Express had on Tuesday reported that communal violence figures for 2014 revealed by the government in Parliament were almost half compared to those recorded by the NCRB for the same year. The home ministry is now investigating how this happened.
Sources said the issue was discussed in the home ministry on Wednesday and a reply was sought from the NCRB as well. “The matter is being discussed. Our effort will be that in the future, a consolidated single data is released without any discrepancies,” said home ministry spokesperson K S Dhatwalia.
On Tuesday, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, while replying to questions on intolerance and communal violence in Lok Sabha, said that 2014 had witnessed 644 communal incidents which had risen to 650 in 2015.
The NCRB figures, however, had showed that there were 1,227 communal incidents in the year 2014. This was almost double the figure of 644 that Rijiju presented in Parliament.
Data on communal violence is collated by the home ministry periodically by asking states to furnish such details, and also based on reports from the Intelligence Bureau.
The NCRB, on the other hand, relies on First Information Reports lodged in various police stations in a state and categorises offences according to relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code invoked in the cases. 2014 was the first time that the NCRB had put out data on incidents of communal violence.