750 arrested under UAPA in J&K in 3 years till 2020: MHA

Rai said that 346 persons were arrested in 2020 while 177 and 247 were held in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
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Srinagar, Mar 15: A total 750 persons were arrested under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in Jammu and Kashmir in three years till 2020, Ministry of Home Ministry informed Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

The information was given by Nityanand Rai, Minister of State MHA, in a written reply to a question as per news agency GNS.

Rai 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.”

“There are adequate Constitutional, institutional and statutory safeguards, including inbuilt safeguards in the UAPA itself, to prevent misuse of the law,” the minister said adding, “The UAPA has been amended in the past keeping in view the requirement. Presently, no amendments in the UAPA are under consideration".

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