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Amnesty halts India operations, saying it is being silenced

Group slams Modi government for punishing human rights organizations

Police detain a supporter of India's main opposition Congress party during a protest against farm bills passed by India's parliament, in New Delhi on Sept. 21.    © Reuters

NEW DELHI (Reuters) -- The human rights group Amnesty International halted work in India on Tuesday, accusing the government of having frozen its bank accounts as punishment for speaking out about alleged rights abuses.

Amnesty said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government had blocked its accounts on Sept. 10, forcing it to lay off its India staff after two years of fending off allegations of financial wrongdoing, which it said were baseless.

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