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750 people arrested under UAPA in J&K in 3 years

Last Updated on March 15, 2022 at 4:41 pm

Ministry of Home Ministry informed Lok Sabha on Tuesday that 750 persons were arrested under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in Jammu and Kashmir in three years till 2020.

Nityanand Rai, Minister of State MHA, said that 346 persons were arrested in 2020 while 177 and 247 were held in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

The junior ministry responded in negative parliamentarian Dibyendu Adhikar’s question whether the Government has also any proposal to amend the UAPA law to “prevent the harassment of innocent persons.”

Minister said that there are adequate Constitutional, institutional and statutory safeguards, including inbuilt safeguards in the UAPA itself, to prevent misuse of the law and added that the UAPA has been amended in the past keeping in view the requirement. Presently, no amendments in the UAPA are under consideration.