Pegasus snooping row: Assam CM Himanta Biswa fumes at Amnesty International, demands ban on NGO


New Delhi: Hours after UP CM Adityanath called Pegasus snooping controversy an attempt to defame India, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma took strong objection to the Amnesty International for its alleged role in the surveillance of ministers, journalists and other reputed citizens.

Assam Chief Minister on Tuesday demanded complete ban on Amnesty International”s activities in India. He also denounced the interntional conspiracy and design, aimed at tarnishing the image of India and condemned the international agency for its alleged role in destabilizing the country.

He said that the entire episode of surveillance and snooping is an international conspiracy to defame the Narendra Modi-led Central government.

Amnesty International today raised concerns over the surveillance, breach of privacy of citizens and claimed that several journalists, politicians, human rights lawyers and businessmen across the world are at risk of being ‘illegal monitored’ and their personal details compromised.

Assam CM said that we stand solidly behind the Modi government and condemn the utterly malicious and mischievous conduct of Amnesty International.
“It is clear that they want to defame India”s democracy. I demand that activities of Amnesty International be immediately banned within India,” Sarma said.

The snooping row erupted after a leading portal published report which claimed that many journalists, political leaders were potential targets of surveillance by the Pegasus spyware, developed by Israeli company NSO group.