New Delhi: Popular Front Chairman KM Shareef in his latest statements said that the growing number of unconditional acquittals of under-trails who languished years in jails charged the draconian law UAPA is proof enough that the law is absolutely against the interest of justice and human rights. He demanded the immediate repeal of the Law.
The anti-terror law UAPA enacted after Mumbai attacks in 2011 have become a tool for human rights violations and denial justice. Recent acquittals of the accused in Hubli bomb blast case and Muvattupuzha incident are the latest examples. All the 17 accused in the Hubli blast case were acquitted after spending seven years in various jails in Kerala, Karnataka and Gujarat as undertrial prisoners in the case. In the Mouvattupuzha incident where a college professor was attacked for insulting Prophet Muhammed (PBUP) was a typical local incident. But strangely investigative agencies turned it into a national security issue and implicated dozens of innocent youths with false charges under UAPA. From the experiences so far in our country it is clear that the black laws like UAPA are mostly imposed on minorities and the marginalised classes as a political tool to silence them.
KM Shareef demanded the immediate repeal of UAPA to end the unjust imprisonment of thousand of innocents who are languishing in various jails in our country and give fair compensation including government jobs to all those who have lost their valuable time and career because of the implication.