Anger after Kashmiri human rights activist arrested by NIA, charged with UAPA

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Twitter on Monday erupted with anger after the National Investigation Agency on Monday arrested a prominent Kashmiri human rights activist and charged him under the draconian UAPA. Khurram Parvez was arrested after the NIA raided his house in a terror funding case. Curiously, the arrest of a prominent Kashmiri human rights activist came just days after the Indian security forces faced global condemnation for killing three civilians including one businessman, Mohammad Altaf Bhat in Srinagar.

According to reports, Parvez has been booked under 120B, 121 and 121A of IPC and sections 17, 18, 18B, 38 and 40 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) Act, 1967.

Section 121A deals with ‘waging, or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging of war, against the Government of India.’ “Whoever within or without [India] conspires to commit any of the offences punishable by section 121, or conspires to overawe, by means of criminal force or the show of criminal force, [the Central Government or any [State] Government], shall be punished with [imprisonment for life], or with imprisonment of either description which may extend to ten years, [and shall also be liable to fine],” the law states.

No sooner did the news of Parvez’s arrest emerge, Twitterati including human rights activists and journalists erupted in anger.

The NIA officials reportedly raided Parvez’s house in the Sonwar area and office in Amira Kadal area of Srinagar before arresting him.

Last year in October, the NIA had raided his house and office in Kashmir.

Parvez’s arrest comes days after the Indian security forces killed three civilians in Srinagar. The videos of the relatives of those killed had gone viral. Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha had announced a magisterial inquiry promising to deliver justice to the grieving family. The victims had included businessman Mohammad Altaf Bhat, whose 13-year-old daughter had accused the Indian security forces of ‘shamelessly laughing’ when she questioned them for killing her father.