Teesta Setalvad has been fighting for scores of survivors and victims of Indias western state of Gujarat riots. —  Twitter

Indian rights defender who fought for 2002 Gujarat riot victims arrested

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Teesta Setalvad has been fighting for scores of survivors and victims of India’s western state of Gujarat riots. —  Twitter

India’s Supreme Court has arrested Indian rights defender Teesta Setalvad after the findings of a special investigation team (SIT) cleared Narendra Modi of the crimes committed in the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat, Al Jazeera reported.

The anti-terrorism wing of the Gujarat police picked the activist up on Saturday afternoon from her home.

India’s interior minister, Amit Shah, accused Setalvad of “reporting inaccurately to the police about the anti-Muslim violence during Modi’s chief minister ship of the state.”

The police charged her with “committing forgery and fabricating evidence”.

United Nations expert Mary Lawlor, the UN special rapporteur on human rights defenders, expressed concerns over the arrest.

“Deeply concerned by reports of #WHRD [Human Rights Defender] Teesta Setalvad being detained by Anti-Terrorism Sqaud [sic] of Gujarat police,” she said.

She called Setalvad “a strong voice against hatred and discrimination”.

Al Jazeera also quoted Setalvad as saying that her detention was illegal and she was assaulted by the police during the raid.

Riots under Modi’s chief ministership in Gujarat killed nearly 2,000 people, most of whom were Muslims. The official figures are reported to be 1,000.

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