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Guwahati:  BJP-ruled Assam has topped the record within the nation, registering instances underneath ‘offences towards the state’ section, together with sedition expenses, in response to the newest Nationwide Crime Data Bureau (NCRB) information.

Based on the NCRB information, Assam registered a complete of 35 instances of ‘offences towards the state’ towards 36 individuals in 2021.

Within the ‘offences towards the state’ section, the NCRB has included 5 Indian Penal Code sections.

These are 124A (sedition), 121 (waging or trying to wage conflict), 121A (conspiracy to commit offences punishable by part 121), 122 (accumulating arms to wage conflict) and 123 (concealing to facilitate design to wage conflict).

In Might this yr, the Supreme Court docket had placed on maintain the penal regulation underneath Part 124A of the IPC.

Final yr, Assam registered three sedition instances towards three individuals, whereas it lodged 32 FIRs underneath the opposite 4 IPC sections and named 33 individuals in these, NCRB mentioned.

The revelation of the NCRB information has drawn sharp criticism from the opposition and authorized specialists.

They alleged Assam authorities is utilizing stringent provisions of regulation to “suppress the voice of dissent” with the assistance of a “police raj”.

Chief of the Opposition Debabrata Saikia mentioned there are a lot of examples within the state the place sedition instances have been slapped for minor offences.

He mentioned the BJP authorities in Assam didn’t comply with Supreme Court docket tips in registering such instances.

The Assam authorities has unleashed a police raj within the state and harassing individuals unnecessarily, mentioned the senior Congress chief.

Raijor Dal president and MLA Akhil Gogoi claimed that a lot of the instances registered for ‘offences towards the state’ are associated to public feedback made on social media like Fb.

“Individuals are being booked for even easy criticism of the federal government. The police recordsdata sedition instances extra when somebody criticises communalism and the failure of the financial system. Nonetheless, the chief minister many instances later ordered the withdrawal of some instances,” Gogoi added.

Gauhati Excessive Court docket Advocate Santanu Borthakur mentioned the pattern of criminalising the dissenting voice is rising.

“Even feedback made on social media are termed seditious and persons are jailed. The NCRB information reveals that the state is weaponising the legal guidelines to suppress the voice of dissent,” he added.