The Pune police on Wednesday alleged that the contacts of social worker Gautam Navlakha and Naxalite groups have been with the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and the al-Qaeda separatists.
However, the Bombay High Court bench of Justice Ranjit More and Bharti Dangre has extended the deadline for the arrest of Navalakha till further orders.
Many activists with Navalakha are facing litigation related to relations with Maoists. Navlakhla has filed an application in the matter to eliminate the FIR from the court.
Navlakha has been a well-known journalist and human rights activist of the country. On Wednesday, when the police accused Navalakha of contacting the extremist organization, on the other hand, Home Minister Amit Shah in the Lok Sabha was marking "Urban Naxal" in support of the anti-terrorism bill.
The term 'Urban Naxal' was used by the ruling BJP for activists like Navlakha.
Gautam Navlakha is accused of having links with the extremist organization of Pune Police and on the same day, passage of the Unlawful Activities Privileges (Prevention) Amendment Bill 2019 in the Lok Sabha can be a coincidence, but the opposition has expressed many concerns about the bill.
If this bill is passed even beyond the Rajya Sabha, the Center will not only be able to declare any organization as a terrorist organization, but will be able to declare a person as a terrorist.
If that person is found to be encouraged or involved in terrorist activities then the government will declare him a terrorist. But there are many serious questions on how fair the process will be.
When the opposition Congress and other parties questioned the misuse of this bill, Home Minister Amit Shah in the Lok Sabha said in the reply that the priority of the government is to eradicate terrorism from the root.
Shah said that if an organization is banned, then the people associated with it start working for the other terrorist organization.
Shah said, "There is a need for a provision under which a person can be declared a terrorist. This does the United Nations. This provision is also made in USA, Pakistan, China, Israel and European Union. Everyone has made such a provision against terrorism. "
Shah said that if Yasin Bhatkal of Indian Mujahideen had been declared a terrorist then he would have already been arrested and 12 bomb blasts were not there. The Home Minister said that terrorism is in the motive of the people and the organization is formed later, therefore it is necessary to declare a person as a terrorist.
Opposition to the bill
When Supriya Sule of NCP raised the question on this bill, Amit Shah said, "There is no sympathy for the government against the people who have misled the poor people in the name of social work. Terrorism does not come only on gun power but it is also spread through propaganda. Those who are involved in Urban Maoism can not be left alone like this. "
In the Lok Sabha, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary also opposed the bill and demanded that the bill be sent to the Standing Committee. The Congress Party has been out of the Lok Sabha in protest of this bill. If this bill was to be voted, only eight votes were cast in opposition while 288 votes in support.
Almost all opposition leaders opposed this bill. The question of these leaders questioned the process of marking a person as a terrorist and the right to seize the property of NIA without the permission of the state government. Opposition parties said that this bill is a violation of civil liberties and the federal structure that has been said in the country's constitution.
MP Asaduddin Owaisi, from Hyderabad also opposed this bill and said that it is a violation of Article 15 and 21 of the Constitution. Owaisi said that under the UAPA law a large number of Muslims were locked up in prisons for years and they were later released because there was no evidence against them.
Owaisi said, "I hope this government will not punish innocent people because we have neither received justice in the BJP government nor in the Congress government. Every harsh law is used against Muslims and Dalits. I condemn both parties because the misuse of the law has been against the Muslims in both the Congress and the BJP rule. "
Owaisi said on UAPA abuse, "I justify the Congress party for this because he has made this law. I want to ask the Congress who is the victim of this law?
Owaisi said that anyone can say terrorists only if the court finds them guilty on the basis of evidence. Owaisi asked that the government feels that if a person is a terrorist then he will be declared a terrorist. He said that this is an attack on the independence of the judiciary.
Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra too strongly opposes this bill. Maitra said, "This bill is against the federal structure of the country and it is a very dangerous provision to declare a person a terrorist. Anyone who opposes the government is given an anti-national code. This is spreading under propaganda among the people that opposition leaders, human rights activists and minorities are anti-national. "
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