Tax officials raid BBC India office after documentary critical of Modi

Indian tax authorities raided BBC’s New Delhi offices on Tuesday, weeks after it aired a documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s actions during deadly sectarian riots in 2002.

Police sealed off the building and half a dozen officers were stationed outside the office — which occupies two floors — to prevent people from entering or leaving.

BBC employee based in the office told AFP that the tax raid was in progress and that officials were “confiscating all phones”.

“There is government procedure happening inside the office,” an official said, declining to disclose their department.

India’s Income Tax Department could not be reached for comment by AFP.

Last month, the broadcaster aired a two-part documentary alleging that Modi ordered police to turn a blind eye to sectarian riots in Gujarat state, where he was premier at the time.

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