Days after union home ministry claimed the communal incidents had come down under its rule, it’s has emerged that its data had huge discrepancies with that of data on communal violence collected by its human rights division and the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
Taking note of this anomaly, the ministry has reportedly now ordered an internal probe.
According to reports, an embarrassed home ministry on Wednesday extensively discussed this issue on Wednesday and sought a reply from the NCRB
“The matter is being discussed. Our effort will be that in the future, a consolidated single data is released without any discrepancies,”home ministry spokesperson K S Dhatwalia was quoted by Indian Express..
Kiren Rijuju on Wednesday had told Parliament on Tuesday that there were 644 communal incidents in 2014 and it rose to 650 in the following year.
The BJP supporters were quick to take to twitter attacking those who blamed the Narendra Modi government for being a mute spectator to the rising religious intolerance in India.
But, a day later it emerged that, according to NCRB figures, the number of communal incidents in 2014 was 1,227 and not what the minister had informed.
A visibly embarrassed ministry is now desperately trying to examine where it erred and reasons for such huge discrepancies.
NCRB data is always deemed more credible than the home ministry’s because while the former relies First Information Reports lodged in various police stations across the country, the ministry simply collates details furnished from states by periodically asking them.
2014 was the first time that the NCRB had put out data on incidents of communal violence.