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In 2015, Teesta Setalvad was in the middle of a group of women who had lost family members in sectarian riots in Gujarat, India, in 2002.
In 2015, Teesta Setalvad was in the middle of a group of women who had lost family members in sectarian riots in Gujarat, India, in 2002.
A well-known activist in India was arrested for leading a deadly crusade against Modi.

A group that fights terrorism put Teesta Setalvad in jail on charges that she made up evidence against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A well-known Indian human rights activist who led a campaign to hold officials accountable for deadly riots in 2002 in the western state of Gujarat has been arrested and is being accused of making up evidence against the prime minister, Narendra Modi.

An antiterrorism squad took activist Teesta Setalvad into custody on Saturday in Mumbai. She was then taken north to the neighboring state of Gujarat to face charges related to a case that was brought against Mr. Modi when he was the state's top official.

Even though he was never found to be at fault, Indians have been wondering for years if Mr. Modi could have stopped or slowed down the sectarian riots that killed more than 1,000 people. Ms. Setalvad was arrested after India's highest court on Friday rejected a petition that questioned Mr. Modi's release from responsibility for the conflict.

India's home minister, Amit Shah, accused Ms. Setalvad of giving false information to the police about the riots in order to hurt Mr. Modi's reputation right before she was arrested. In an interview with the news service Asian News International, Mr. Shah said that Ms. Setalvad's name was used in the top court's decision.

The minister said that her NGO sent a lot of complaints to the police about Mr. Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party, and that the media put so much pressure on everyone that every application was taken as true.

During sectarian violence in Gujarat in 2002, more than 1,000 people died.
During sectarian violence in Gujarat in 2002, more than 1,000 people died.

One of the worst fights between Hindus and Muslims in Gujarat happened at the Gulbarg Society, a Muslim housing project where a Hindu leader spread a rumor that a mob was coming to attack. Sixty-nine people were killed, including a former member of India's Parliament named Ehsan Jafri. He had given shelter to Muslim women and children who were being threatened by thousands of Hindu men with stones, iron rods, and gas-soaked rags during the attack.

Even though Mr. Jafri asked influential people for help many times, he was cut up and burned.

In 2017, 11 men were given life sentences for being part of the mob that set fire to the apartment complex.

Zakia Jafri, who is now 85 years old and is Mr. Jafri's widow, has been fighting in court to prove that Mr. Modi was part of a high-level plot that caused the riots. In 2005, the US banned Mr. Modi from getting visas as a way to punish him for the incident, even though he has said he had nothing to do with it.

Ms. Setalvad has been helping Ms. Jafri and other people hurt by sectarian violence for a long time. The case against Mr. Modi that was thrown out by India's Supreme Court on Friday was brought by Ms. Jafri.

Over the years, different government agencies have looked into Ms. Setalvad and her husband, Javed Anand, saying, among other things, that they stole money meant for riot victims. A similar case is still being heard in court.

The court ruled last week that Mr. Modi was not responsible for the violence against Muslims because there was no evidence of a criminal plot. This means that Mr. Modi cannot be sued again.

Last month, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, with the Home Minister Amit Shah and the Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat, Bhupendra Patel.
Last month, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, with the Home Minister Amit Shah and the Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat, Bhupendra Patel.

But the three-judge panel went even further in its decision. It said that Ms. Setalvad "exploited the emotions of Zakia Jafri" and that "all those involved in such an abuse of process need to be in the dock and dealt with according to the law."

Just one day after that decision and a few hours after Mr. Shah's interview, a group of officers took Ms. Setalvad into custody at her family's seaside compound in Juhu, an affluent suburb of Mumbai.

R. B. Sreekumar, a former top police officer in Gujarat, was also taken into custody. He had questioned the role of officers in his own department during the riots and was accused of giving false information.

On Sunday, videos from Gujarat showed Ms. Setalvad leaving a court in Ahmedabad, Gujarat's biggest city, with her left arm raised to show bruises she said were caused by the antiterrorism unit of the Gujarat police.

Ms. Setalvad filed a complaint against an officer who, she said, attacked her in her bedroom when she asked to talk to her lawyer while she was being arrested.

In a video posted to Twitter, she can be heard asking the officer, "Why are you pushing me?" "I am not a criminal."

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