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Aug 31, 2018 08:47 AM IST India India

The arrest of five activists for their alleged Maoist links has led to a full-blown political war between the Congress and BJP, with Rahul Gandhi accusing the Narendra Modi government of cracking down on dissent. But is Congress being hypocritical in its criticism? Former home secretary GK Pillai says activists were also arrested during UPA rule in the name of countering Naxal threat.