Srinagar, Mar 09: The Government of India Tuesday said that a total of 876 cases have been registered and 505 persons were arrested under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in Jammu and Kashmir between 2015 to 2019.
Ministry of State for Home Affairs (MHA) G K Reddy stated this in a written reply in Lok Sahbab, as per news agency, in reply to a query that whether the Government has any statistics regarding the number of cases registered and several persons arrested under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in the county. if so, the details of such cases reported in the country during the last five years, year-wise and State-wise. Also another question was posed whether the Government has any plan to set up fast-track courts to handle cases registered under UAPA in each State and Union Territory; and if so, the details thereof and the steps taken by the Government in this regard?
In response, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) stated that a total of 876 cases have been registered and 505 persons were arrested under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in Jammu and Kashmir between 2015 to 2019.
MHA said that the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) compiles the data on crime as reported to it by States and Union Territories and publishes the same in its annual publication ‘Crime in India’.
Cases under UAPA are investigated by state police and the National Investigation Agency (NIA), MHA said.
The Ministry informed that as far as NIA is concerned, so far 48 special courts have been constituted across the country for the speedy trial of militancy-related cases.
The MHA about the year-wise graph of cases and arrests said that in 2015 a total of 59 cases were registered and 10 persons were arrested. 161 cases in 2016 and 56 persons were arrested. In 2017 a total of 156 cases were registered and 35 persons were arrested.
In 2018 total of 245 cases were registered under UAPA and 177 persons were arrested and 255 cases were registered in 2019 and 227 persons were arrested, MHA said.