Indian officials have raided the offices of renowned human rights group Amnesty International (AI) on trumped up charges of foreign funding from the United Kingdom that violate local law, Geo News reported.
According to the details, it is widely believed that the investigation into the funding sources of the respected human rights group is a pressure tactic being employed by the government of Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi to stop the group from highlighting grave human rights violations in Indian held Kashmir (IoK).
Reports revals that officials from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided the offices of AI India in Bengaluru and New Delhi after direct complaints from the home affairs ministry. Amnesty was accused of the same offence last year.
The Amnesty group in a statement said, “Over the past year, a pattern of harassment has emerged every time Amnesty International India stands up and speaks out against human rights violations in India”, referring to their campaigns for IoK.
Back in September, Amnesty International had launched the “LetKashmirSpeak” campaign and called on Indian PM Modi to lift the inhumane military curfew in held Kashmir that has crippled the lives of millions of Muslims since August.
New Delhi had earlier revoked the constitutional autonomy of IoK on August 5 this year and imposed a military curfew in the area, imprisoning millions of people. Thousands of ordinary citizens were detained after the move.
The detained included former chief ministers and the mayor of Srinagar. Widespread allegations of torture and abuse of these detainees by the Indian security forces were published by the international media in the following weeks, as India showed no signs of easing restrictions.