The Prime Minister’s office could not provide any information about the statement made by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi about observing Satyagraha in support of Bangladesh’s independence movement.
According to Indian media The Ayer, the Prime Minister’s Office could not provide any documents regarding Modi’s arrest and release when asked about it under the country’s Right to Information (RTI) Act.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to Bangladesh on March 26 last year to attend the celebrations of 50 years of Bangladesh’s independence and Mujib year. At that time, Modi said, during the (Bangladesh) independence movement, he did satyagraha in support of this country. And he had to go to jail for this satyagraha.
Leaders of India’s opposition strongly criticized Modi’s statement. The opposition also wanted the documents related to the satyagraha he did.
After coming to Bangladesh and giving that speech, a person named Jayesh Gurnani filed an application under the Right to Information Act at the Prime Minister’s Office on March 27, 2021.
Based on Modi’s speech, he wanted to know five things. These included whether Modi was arrested on any charges during the Satyagraha, whether there was an FIR, whether there was any record of the arrest, which jail he was in after his arrest and whether there was any record of his release.
India’s Prime Minister’s Office did not give any direct answer to Gurnani’s questions. However, the office said, Modi’s speech only contains information related to this. The speech he gave while visiting Bangladesh was added to the reply of the Prime Minister’s office.
The Prime Minister’s Office’s response also said documents about Modi have been preserved since he came to power in 2014.
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