The state has shown a slight upswing in the number of cases of rioting in the year 2012. Statistics released by the Maharashtra Police show the number of such cases increased by 3.55 per cent to 8,860 last year. In 2011,the figure stood at 8,556 cases,according to figures released by the Maharashtra Police on Monday.
In 2002,the number of rioting cases was 6,360.
Cases of rioting are generally slapped whenever force or violence is used by an unlawful assembly. These cases are filed in all incidents where more than five people are involved in disrupting peace. The rising number of rioting cases could be an indicator of not only rising lawlessness,but also the erosion of the authority and fear of the police in a society.
The highest number of rioting cases was registered in Ahmednagar,which alone accounts for nearly 6 per cent of the total cases of rioting in 2012. The most peaceful region when it came to rioting was the Naxal-affected district of Gadchiroli,where only 21 such cases were registered.
The nine major cities of the state Nagpur,Pune,Thane,Mumbai,Nashik,Aurangabad,Solapur,Navi Mumbai and Amravati together contributed nearly 22.01 per cent of the total rioting cases.
Of the urban areas,Pune proved to be the most riot-prone city,having registered 532 cases. Mumbai registered 374 cases.
Out of the 54 times that the state police had to open fire,it did so seven times to control a rioting mob. The firing on a rioting mob killed three people in the year 2012.
A policeman was also killed last year by a rioting mob. Of the 622 policemen injured in the line of duty,325 were injured by a mob.