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Human rights activist known for investigating press freedom violations arrested in Chhattisgarh

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders has called on the authorities in the central state of Chhattisgarh to drop all charges against Subash Mohapatra, the head of the Forum for Fact-finding Documentation and Advocacy (FFDA), a human rights NGO. Mohapatra was arrested on 17 July 2007 in Raipur on trumped-up charges under Articles 186, 353, 294 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code and was released on bail six hours later.

Mohapatra has often investigated press freedom violations in Chhattisgarh, where violence by Maoist groups, security forces and paramilitaries is common. He has referred more than 300 cases to the State Human Rights Commission, which he accuses of being ineffective and corrupt.

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