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Formation Of SIA In J&K Is One More 'assault' On Democratic Rights: M Y Tarigami

Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami said that the formation of a State Investigating Agency is only aimed to strengthen the repressive apparatus in Jammu and Kashmir.

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The Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) said that the latest decision of the administration to create a State Investigating Agency (SIA) by all counts is only aimed to strengthen the repressive apparatus in Jammu and Kashmir. PAGD spokesperson M Y Tarigami said in a statement that the formation of one more agency empowered with “unbridled powers” is one more “assault” on the democratic rights and civil liberties of citizens.

In a statement, PAGD said, “The latest decision of the administration to create the State Investigation Agency by all counts is only aimed to strengthen the repressive apparatus in this region".

Tarigami asked, “In the name of fighting terrorism, these agencies and laws are being weaponised against the citizens who hold a different viewpoint from the government. What was the need to add one more such agency when already NIA and UAPA have created havoc among the people by gross misuse of these draconian measures?”

He further said J&K is a “political issue” and needs a political outreach and what is required to be done is to provide relief and not any addition to such “harsh measures” which are “bound to deepen their alienation”.

PAGD opposes formation of SIA in J&K

M Y Tarigami said, “The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) had opposed all such laws in the past and will do so in the future as well. Even eminent jurists in the country have expressed resentment over the draconian laws being passed by the government in the name of fighting terrorism. These laws can be wielded as a weapon against opponents. The fight to defend democracy must encompass the struggle to get rid of these draconian laws". 

Meanwhile, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said the constitution of the SIA was another “tool of state suppression” to “intimidate” people into “submission and silence”.

Mehbooba Mufti wrote on Twitter, “The only progress GOI made post 5th August has been creating more tools of state suppression to intimidate people into submission & silence. As if ED, CBI, NIA & anti-terror laws weren’t enough, we now have SIA with sweeping powers & impunity to repress people further in J&K (sic)". 

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