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Activist Held as Court Strikes Petition Against Modi

Police detained an activist linked to a petition to probe Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s alleged role in orchestrating deadly violence in Gujarat state in 2002, the Hindustan Times reported.

Teesta Setalvad, secretary of human rights group Citizens for Justice and Peace, was taken from her home in Mumbai by police on Saturday, and later transported to Ahmedabad in Gujarat, the organization said in a statement on Saturday. She has been detained by the Gujarat Anti Terrorism Squad on “trumped up charges” that are “part of an elaborate witch hunt,” it said.