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ED May Probe Amnesty Int'l Amid Charges of 'Funding from Islamic Nations for Caste-based' Hathras Stir

Amnesty International on Tuesday said it is halting all its activities in India due to freezing of its accounts and claimed that it is being subjected to an "incessant witch-hunt" over unfounded and motivated allegations.

Amnesty International on Tuesday said it is halting all its activities in India due to freezing of its accounts and claimed that it is being subjected to an "incessant witch-hunt" over unfounded and motivated allegations.

Sources in the government last week said that ED is investigating against a private company linked to NGO Amnesty International India Foundation for allegedly receiving dubious export proceeds worth over Rs 51 crore.

The Enforcement Directorate has now swung into action in Hathras rape case as allegations point at 'funding from Islamic countries to incite caste-based violence' in the wake of widespread protests.

According to sources in the agency, the ED is probing the charges mentioned in the FIR filed by Uttar Pradesh police and may soon take over the investigation and file a money laundering case. The directorate will also probe alleged links to Amnesty International as investigation by UP police hint at "international conspiracy" to defame the Yogi Adityanath government in state and Narendra Modi-led government in Centre.

Sources in the government last week said that ED is investigating against a private company linked to NGO Amnesty International India Foundation for allegedly receiving dubious export proceeds worth over Rs 51 crore.

The human rights NGO had announced it was halting all its activities in India due to freezing of its accounts and claimed that it is being subjected to an "incessant witch-hunt" over unfounded and motivated allegations.

"Treating human rights organisations like criminal enterprises and dissenting individuals as criminals without any credible evidence is a deliberate attempt by the Enforcement Directorate and government of India to stoke a climate of fear and dismantle the critical voices in India," it said.

The Hathras Police have also lodged an FIR against "unknown" persons for alleged attempt to trigger caste-based conflict and invoked serious charges, including sedition.

The development comes amid an undying controversy over the death of a 19-year-old Dalit woman after she was allegedly gangraped, and continuous protests and visits to her village by political leaders and activists.