‘Highest number of cases’: NIA registered 73 cases this year, arrested 456 persons

The National Investigation Agency on Saturday, the last day of 2022, said that it has registered 73 cases this year, the highest ever lodged by the agency.

The central agency filed 61 cases in 2021.

Of these 73 cases, 35 were filed for “Jihadi terror” in states including Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, Bihar, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharastra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and West Bengal, the central agency said in a statement.

According to NIA, of these 35, 11 were linked to Jammu and Kashmir, 10 to Left Wing Extremism, five to the North East, seven to banned Muslim outfit Popular Front of India, four to Punjab, three to gangster-terror-drug smuggler nexus, one to terror funding and two cases related to Fake Indian Currency Note.

The NIA also filed 59 chargesheets in 2022 against 368 persons and arrested 456.

The counter-terror task force also said that courts across India pronounced judgements in 38 cases this year and all of these ended in conviction.

Almost all cases are registered under the draconian law, the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). The law allows authorities to designate someone as a “terrorist” and detain them without producing any incriminating evidence. It also has stringent requirements for granting bail, which means individuals often spend months, sometimes years, in jail without being found guilty.

Less than 3% of the arrests made under the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act between 2015 and 2020 have resulted in convictions, showed the report.