More than 2,300 people have been arrested in J&K under the UAPA

5th Aug,2021

More than 2,300 people have been arrested in J&K under the UAPA

Since 2019, nearly half of those detained have remained in custody. According to an Indian Express report, over 2,300 people have been arrested in Jammu and Kashmir under the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) since 2019, while nearly 1,000 have been detained under the Public Safety Act. According to the report, nearly half of those arrested under UAPA and 30% of those detained under the PSA are still in jail.According to the newspaper, 290 people were arrested under PSA in the 30 days following the revocation of J&K's special status on August 5, 2019. Among those detained were several politicians, including former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, and Mehbooba Mufti, as well as young people, lawyers, and activists.

According to official police data, 699 people were detained under the PSA in 2019, 160 in 2020, and 95 until the end of July this year, according to Indian Express. According to the report, nearly 30 percent of the people, or 284 people, are still detained.While 2,364 people have been arrested under UAPA since 2019, 1,100 are still in custody. According to the report, 918 people were arrested in 437 cases in 2019, 953 in 557 cases in 2020, and 493 in 275 cases through the end of July this year.

According to a legal expert interviewed by the Indian Express, the significant decrease in detentions under the PSA and increased use of UAPA suggests that the police are employing the more stringent anti-terror law because the PSA requires regular extensions of custody. Obtaining bail under UAPA is nearly impossible.Separately, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday that 1,948 people were arrested and 34 others were convicted under the UAPA in 2019.

According to PTI, Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai revealed this information in a written response to a question from DMK member Tiruchi Siva. “According to the NCRB's 2019 report, the total number of people arrested and convicted under the UAPA in 2019 is 1,948 and 34, respectively.