SRINAGAR: Senior Hurriyat Conference (M) leader and JKLF (H) chairman, Javaid Ahmad Mir, on Saturday said the sedition law is a “weapon to suppress people’s voice raised against atrocities”. In a statement issued here, Mir said history bears witness that genuine voices raised were suppressed by invoking the sedition charges. “Bal Gangadhar Tilak was convicted and sent to prison in Mandalay, Burma in 1908. Mahatma Gandhi too was arrested and tried for sedition. Nowadays, in the name of fake patriotism and so-called ‘unity of the country’, the same voices continue to be suppressed by this law,” he said.
“This draconian law was used by the British and is now used by the successive governments of India to suppress the voices raised against them,” he said.