About 5000 participants drawn from different parts of India, assembled at Talkatora Stadium to voice their protest against the draconian law Unlawful Activities Prevention Act UAPA, demanded its early repeal, and sought a commitment from political parties in this regard well before upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
The resolution, passed by the Conference, pointed out that the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act of 1967, after successive amendments made in 2004, 2008, and 2012, contains clauses that are against the basic tenets of Indian constitution, principles of human rights, and natural justice. By making amendments to the original act in the name of fighting terrorism, the Indian parliament has incorporated the draconian provisions of lapsed special laws such as the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA), and the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA), into a general law. Basic democratic rights like freedom of speech, and expression, and right to form associations, are being violated by the clauses of this law. The resolution also condemned all types of terrorism by non-state, and state actors.
Lok Raj Sangathan is part of the campaign against UAPA and has been holding several meetings in Delhi to generate strong public opinion against this draconian law.