Opposition protests bill that seeks to criminalise property damage in agitations

Jammu: The opposition parties in Jammu and Kashmir protested against the state government’s introduction of a bill that seeks to criminalize damaging property during protests, opposition parties have termed the bill as “most draconian”, Gk reported.

The bill which was introduced by Abdul Rehman Veeri-minister for parliamentary affairs on account of chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, who is also minister in-charge of the Home Department and the bill has been suggested by the Home Department.
Ali Muhammad Sagar- National Conference senior leader said he has demanded that the bill should be sent to a select committee. “I have submitted an amendment in this regard,” he said, while as Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami termed the bill as “most draconian.”

Meanwhile, the right groups have said that the bill criminalizes all modes of protest, saying that this will give the state power to book protest leaders and organizers even if they are not present at the suite of demonstrations, adding that if anti-social elements, who have nothing to do with the protest, carry out the protest,  the leaders or organisers of the protest will be held responsible for the protests.
Moreover, the legislation proposes to hold accountable anyone who calls for shutdowns, protests or other forms of demonstration, where properties are damaged and accused is likely to experience imprisonment and fine.

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