Amnesty India Condemns ED Raids, Accuses Government Of 'trying To Instill Fear'

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Condemning the crackdown by Enforcement Directorate (ED) on its premises in Bangalore on Thursday, Amnesty international has attacked the central government

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Condemning the crackdown by Enforcement Directorate (ED) on its premises in Bangalore on Thursday, Amnesty International has attacked the central government, accusing them of trying to silence organizations like them.

In an official statement released on Twitter after the raids were conducted, Amnesty India has called such activities by the agencies as a disturbing pattern. Their message read:

"After a crackdown on a no. of NGOs, Enforcement Directorate hits at Amnesty. The 10 hour long raid conducted at our Bengaluru office  ended at midnight. Our staff fully cooperated with officials. We reiterate, our structure is compliant with Indian laws." 

"ED raid on Amnesty India shows a disturbing pattern of the government silencing organisations that question power. It is clear that the government wants to instill fear among Civil Society Organisations." 

"Over 5 ED officials raided Amnesty’s Bengaluru office. Ordered employees to not leave, shut their laptops and searched their desks. Employees were not allowed to use their phones to call friends and families."

READ: Enforcement Directorate Raids Amnesty International Headquarters In Bengaluru

The raids, which began at 2 pm, saw the agency looking at FCRA and other violations. ED had also released documents on the basis of which the search operations were conducted:

  • Amnesty India has been denied permission/registration under FCRA due to adverse reports from security agencies
  • Security agencies have reported that Amnesty International UK has been remitting huge funds through FDI route to avoid FCRA to expand its activities in India. 
  • 36 crore fund have been received through four entities. Money was received as consultancy services. This is similar to how Sabrang Trust had received money from the Ford Foundation and evaded FCRA
  • ED is looking into the issue that pertains to the FCRA unit’s suspicion that Amnesty International UK and other some entities based in the UK have infused funds into Amnesty India allegedly through commercial channels, in violation of FEMA rules
  • ED sources say they have been probing this matter for the last few months
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