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Rise of the police state

Print edition : November 25, 2016

Police officers and Special Task Force soldiers stand beside the bodies of the activists of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India who were said to have escaped from the high-security jail in Bhopal, and later got killed in an encounter at Acharpura village on the outskirts of Bhopal on October 31. Photo: RAJ PATIDAR/REUTERS

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking at the inauguration of the digital exhibition "Uniting India: Sardar Patel", on the occasion of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas in New Delhi on October 31. Photo: PTI

From Madhya Pradesh to Delhi to Jharkhand to Chhattisgarh, agencies of the BJP governments have literally been on the rampage. The fake encounters, the oppression of people fighting for their rights, and the curbs imposed on the media bring back memories of the Emergency days.
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