Jammu and Kashmir has regularly grabbed headlines for alleged mob attacks on security forces. However, as per the data shared by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), it is Kerala and not Jammu and Kashmir which reported maximum number of injuries to its police personnel during mob attacks in 2015.
In 2015, Kerala reported 284 injuries to its police force against 200 reported by Jammu and Kashmir.
The previous year, Jammu and Kashmir reported 330 policemen sustaining injuries as against 202 in Kerala. In 2013, it was Kerala again which reported maximum injuries to its police personnel. Against 615 injuries reported by police in Kerala, Jammu and Kashmir's figure stood at 585.
The data shared by MHA did not include the 2016 figures when Jammu and Kashmir saw a rise in civilian protest and incidents of stone-pelting.
OTHER STATES IN TOP FIVE
Maharashtra and West Bengal too figure prominently in the list of policemen sustaining injuries during civilian attacks.
Maharashtra reported 294 injuries to police personnel in 2013, 90 in 2014, and 163 in 2015. It is closely followed by West Bengal which saw 119 policemen sustaining injuries during civilian protest in 2013, 197 in 2014 and 151 in 2015. The other state in the top five is Uttar Pradesh which reported 29 injuries to its police in 2013, 138 in 2014 and 137 in 2015. Law and order has been one of the biggest issues in the country's most populous state. The BJP fought the election on the law and order issue and promised things would change once it is voted to power.
NO SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT
Among union territories, Delhi has reported the maximum number of injuries to its police force--24 in 2013, 72 in 2014, and 60 in 2015.
Countrywide figures suggest that the injuries to police personnel during mob attacks have reduced, albeit marginally. Against 1,930 reported injuries to policemen in 2013, the numbers came down to 1,349 injuries in 2014 and 1,501 injuries in 2015.
The data was shared by MoS Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir to a starred question by Lok Sabha MP Om Birla. The figures shared by MHA are from National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB).