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Amnesty Says Raid At Southern India Office Aimed At Silencing Government Critics

People walk and ride past the Amnesty International office in Bangalore on October 26, 2018. The Indian federal agency that investigates financial crimes raided Amnestys southern India office on October 25, a spokeswoman for the human rights watchdog said, in the latest crackdown on an international non-profit group in the country. (Photo: MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images).

By: Radhakrishna N S

Human rights watchdog Amnesty said that a 10 long hour raid at its southern Indian office by the financial crime investigating agency on Thursday (25) was part of the Indian government’s attempts at “silencing” its critics. The Enforcement Directorate searched Amnesty’s Bengaluru office on suspicion that it had violated foreign direct investment guidelines and said that further investigations were ongoing. Prime minister Narendra Modi’s nationalist government has tightened surveillance on non-profit groups over the past four years, saying they are acting against India’s interests. Licences of thousands of foreign-funded groups, including one backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,…

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