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On Saturday, the Tripura government booked 102 social media accounts under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 as well as various sections of the Indian Penal Code dealing with offences such as promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion and criminal conspiracy. These social media handles had published posts about the recent communal violence in Tripura.

Before that, on Wednesday, a team of lawyers who were conducting a fact-finding enquiry into the violence in the state had also been booked under similar provisions of the law.

Over the past few years, there has been an increase in the number of cases against the government’s critics under the UAPA, a harsh law that was passed to deal with terrorist activities and actions such as inciting secession or disrupting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India.

Recently, however, there have been more instances of the courts pushing back against this misuse of the anti-terror law.

How is UAPA being (mis)used?

The UAPA is ostensibly a law to help combat terrorism. But it has been used against a variety of other activities. On…

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