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BBC Office in New Delhi raided, phones confiscated

Indian tax authorities today conducted a raid at the BBC’s office in New Delhi. The tax authorities confiscated all phones, a BBC journalist told media on Tuesday.

The taxmen raid the BBC office at few weeks after British Broadcasting Corporation aired a documentary that exposed Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“There’s income tax raid in office, they’re confiscating all phones,” the employee said.

When the taxmen raided the office, police prevented people from entering or leaving the BBC office.

“There is government procedure happening inside the office,” an official said.

In January 2023, BBC broadcaster aired a documentary claiming that Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat state at the time, directed police to ignore sectarian riots there in 2002.

The violence led to killing of 1,000 people mostly members of the country’s Muslim minority.

India’s government blocked the BBC videos and related tweets soon after the release of documentary.

Defying the government’s efforts, the University student groups arranged viewings of the documentary.

Javed Mahmood
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I am an experienced writer, analyst, and author. My exposure in English journalism spans more than 28 years. In the past, I have been working with daily The Muslim (Lahore Bureau), daily Business Recorder (Lahore/Islamabad Bureaus), Daily Times, Islamabad, daily The Nation (Lahore and Karachi). With daily The Nation, I have served as Resident Editor, Karachi. Since 2009, I have been working as a Freelance Writer/Editor for American organizations.

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