Journalist moves Indian SC, seeks quashing of UAPA charges by Tripura police

New Delhi, November 10 (KMS): Booked under the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) by the police, journalist Shyam M Singh and several others have moved the Indian Supreme Court seeking quashing of the FIR lodged against them for their social media posts regarding anti-Muslim violence in the Indian state of Tripura.

The charges under stringent provisions of the UAPA have been slapped against Shyam for tweeting “Tripura is burning”. The Editors Guild of India had condemned the Tripura Police’s action, terming it an attempt to use stringent laws to suppress reporting on communal violence.

Four Supreme Court advocates – Ehtesham Hashmi, Amit Srivastava, Ansar Indori and Mukesh Kumar – who had conducted a fact-finding inquiry into the anti-Muslim violence in Tripura – have also been sent the UAPA notices for their social media posts. The Tripura Police have also initiated action against 102 social media accounts under the UAPA, criminal conspiracy, forgery and other charges and asked Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to freeze these accounts and furnish details about the account holders.