New Delhi: The number of offences against the state such as sedition and offences promoting enmity among different groups have increased by 12% to 571 in 2015 from 512 in the previous year, according to data released by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB).

Uttar Pradesh topped the list of states with the maximum number of cases recorded at 60, or 11% of the national total. The top five states also included Telengana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala.

Kerala, which topped the list last year, reported a considerable fall in its share. Its share in the total number of cases reported has fallen from 14% last year to 8% this year.

It is interesting to note that this year five out of the top six positions are being occupied by southern states. Telengana has a share of 10% approximately, followed by Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu with share of 8.76%, 8.58%, 8% and 7%, respectively. Last year only Kerala and Karnataka featured among the top six.

A total of 1,179 people were arrested for offences against the state in 2015. The maximum number of such arrests were reported from Maharashtra, accounting for a share of 20% of the total in 2015.

The total number of sedition cases fell from 47 last year to 30 this year. This year, Bihar reported the highest number of sedition cases. On the other hand, the offences promoting enmity among the different groups has increased from 336 last year to 424 this year.

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