Which Indian city is the safest in the world?
A study by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) shows that Mumbai, the Indian capital, is the most dangerous place in the country for those seeking refuge in the city from civil unrest.
The IRC has compiled data from the Emergency Response and Recovery (ERS) department of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) showing that since February of this year, the number of casualties from police violence has risen by 3,972 in the capital, to 4,749.
Of these, 6,738 have been civilians, while 7,065 have been police officers.
According to the IRC, the figures show that from February till October 2017, there have been 8,819 police deaths, while there have also been 5,742 civilian casualties.
As per the data, the most serious police deaths took place in March, with 8,054 police casualties, followed by April with 6,865 casualties.
The most serious civilian casualties have taken place in October, with 3,858 deaths, followed in December by 2,741 deaths.
Meanwhile, the IRC report says that while there has been no significant increase in the number, the increase in police violence is not confined to Mumbai.
“The data indicates that during April and May, there were 3,621 cases of police violence.
From October till November, there was a decrease in cases, with 4,976 casualties,” the report says.
In addition, the data shows that in November, a total of 1,716 civilians were killed and 2,073 injured in police encounters in the state.
An estimated 1,869 people have been injured since the beginning of the year, according to the data.
More than half of the incidents of police firing have occurred in residential areas, while the number is rising in industrial areas, the report states.
A senior police officer told the Times of Indian that the police are using force indiscriminately to disperse protesters, who are often armed with clubs and bricks.
“The police are being attacked with batons and stun grenades.
The protesters are often carrying knives,” he said.
Rescue workers in India, a country that has seen unprecedented communal tension since 2009, say that the current spate of violence is a new development in the ongoing conflict.
Since the beginning, protests have taken a violent turn with clashes breaking out between the police and farmers.
At the start of the crisis, the government issued orders to police to de-escalate the situation, but after two weeks of protests and violent clashes, the orders were rescinded.
After the order was rescinded, the situation escalated to the point where the authorities were forced to declare a state of emergency and send in more troops to the streets.
India is the third-most populous country in the Western world with a population of over 1.3 billion people, and more than 80 percent of its population live in urban areas.