The People’s Union for Civil Liberties on Friday criticised the Tripura Police for booking lawyers under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, The Indian Express reported. The lawyers were a part of a fact-finding team about the recent violence in the state.

The police registered the case against Mukesh Kumar, a Delhi-based advocate for the People’s Union For Civil Liberties, and Ansar Indori of the National Confederation of Human Rights. They have been booked under Section 13 of the UAPA, and sections of the Indian Penal Code dealing with promoting disharmony, forgery, intentional insult and criminal conspiracy.

Section 13 deals with participating in or inciting unlawful activities as defined under the Act.

The PUCL alleged that the police filed the case only because the report of the fact-finding team highlighted the “orchestrated violence unleashed by Hindu majoritarian groups like VHP [Vishwa Hindu Parishad] and HJM [Hindu Jagran Manch], against minority Muslims with the tacit connivance and conscious abdication of their duties by the Tripura Police”.

The violence

After attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh last month, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad had organised a protest rally in Tripura on October 26, which led to violence and attacks on mosques as well as shops and homes of Muslims. However, the police have repeatedly claimed that the law and…

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