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8.6% increase in offences against state in 2022: NCRB data

Sedition cases in India witnessed a sharp fall with the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB)’s annual report showing that only 20 cases were registered in 2022. Photo: Shaheen Abdulla/Maktoob

The anti-terror law Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) has seen a 23% rise in 2022 with 1,005 cases registered across the country, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) annual report stated. 814 UAPA cases were lodged in 2021.

The annual report that came out last Sunday shows a total of 5,610 cases have been registered in 2022 under offences against the state as compared to 5,164 cases in the year 2021, showing an increase of 8.6%.

Out of 5,610 cases, 78.5% of cases were registered under The Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act (4,403 Cases) followed by 1,005 (17.9%) cases under UAPA.

The offences include those under sedition, the UAPA, damage to public property, The Officials Secrets Act, and others.

Uttar Pradesh tops the list with more than 2,231 cases, followed by Tamil Nadu (634) and J-K (417).

Jammu and Kashmir reported a rise in the number of cases under the UAPA from 289 in 2021 to 371 cases in 2022. Manipur has the second highest number of UAPA cases as 167 FIRs were lodged last year as compared to 157 in 2021.

Sedition cases in India witnessed a sharp fall with only 20 cases registered last year as compared to 76 cases in 2021. Five of them are registered in West Bengal.

The Supreme Court has put the colonial-era law on abeyance.

Maharashtra saw 11 cases under the Officials Secrets Act out of 50 cases registered nationwide.

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