Uttar Pradesh Azamgarh district magistrate NP Singh on Monday ordered a probe into the arrest of a journalist Santosh Jaiswal allegedly after he took photographs of some children mopping the floor in their school. journalist Santosh Jaiswal was arrested on false charges of extortion and obstructing public servants from discharging their duty, alleged a fellow journalist Sudhir Singh, who, along with other journalists met District Magistrate NP Singh to apprise him of the alleged illegal arrest.

3,005 UAPA cases in 2016-18, govt tells Rajya Sabha

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The government has informed Parliament that while cases under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) have increased since 2016, the charge sheeting has been poor.

According to data provided by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in Rajya Sabha, 3,005 cases were registered under the anti-terror law between 2016 and 2018, but chargesheets were filed in only 821 cases, indicating that investigations could be completed only in about 27% of these cases, reports Indian Express.

In a written reply to a question, he said the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) is the central agency that compiles the data on crimes as reported by the states and Union territories and publishes the same in its annual publication “Crime in India”.“The latest published report is of the year 2018.

As per the report, a total of 922, 901 and 1,182 cases were registered and 999; 1,554 and 1,421 persons were arrested under the anti-terror law i.e. the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (UAPA) in the country during 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively,” Reddy said

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