The Tripura Police have registered a case under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) against two lawyers – Mukesh Kumar and Ansar Indori – who were part of a fact-finding team that recently visited the state in the aftermath of attacks on mosques and properties belonging to Muslims by right-wing Hindu groups.
The charges against them include sections 153-A and B ( Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc), 469 (forgery for purpose of harming information), 503 (criminal intimidation), 504 ( (intentional insult with intent to provoke the breach of peace) and 120B (punishment for criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.
The team consisting of Supreme Court lawyer Ehtesham Hashmi, Advocate Amit Srivastav from Lawyers for Democracy, Advocate Ansar Indori of the National Confederation of Human Rights Organizations (NCHRO), and Advocate Mukesh, on behalf of the Civil Rights Organization People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) released their findings on the anti-Muslim violence in Tripura, at Delhi’s Press Club on Tuesday.
The lawyers said the incidents could have been prevented if the police and administration had taken strict measures. The lawyers called for an inquiry committee headed by a retired High Court judge to be set up to probe the incidents and filing of separate FIR based on the victims’ complaints.