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15 states, 96 places raided and more than 100 arrested; PFI’s Kerala bandh today against NIA action

New Delhi: Due to the allegations related to terror funding, the PFI, which is facing investigation, has seen a big action so far on the Popular Front of India. NIA and ED together raided 96 places in 15 states and more than 100 members including PFI chiefs of several states were arrested in Terror funding case. The action against PFI has been termed by the investigating officers as the biggest investigation process ever. There is a possibility of a ban on PFI after these raids. However, due to the action of NIA, PFI has called a bandh in Kerala today i.e. on Friday.

Bandh announced in Kerala today
In fact, the Popular Front of India has called for a strike in Kerala today i.e. 23 September to protest the raids on its offices, leaders’ homes and other premises by several agencies led by the NIA. PFI has announced a 12-hour strike in Kerala from 6 am to 6 pm on Friday. In view of the announcement of the Kerala bandh, the police have also tightened the security arrangements. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) said that a large number of criminal cases were registered in various states in the last few years against the PFI, its leaders and members for their alleged involvement in terror funding and several violent acts.

What are the allegations against PFI?
Officials said the organization was involved in incidents of alleged ‘love jihad’, forced conversions, violent protests in different parts of the country against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, radicalization of Muslim youth, money laundering and sanctions. The contact with the groups was in the eye of various agencies. Officials said periodic criminal and violent acts allegedly committed by the PFI include chopping off the hand of a college professor in Kerala, ruthless killings of people belonging to organizations professing other religions, collection of explosives, prominent people and Terrorism has had an impact on the minds of civilians by targeting locations, supporting Islamic State and damaging public property.

Jharkhand has banned
According to officials, the NIA has convicted 45 people as part of the earlier probe against the PFI. Chargesheets have been filed against a total of 355 people in connection with these cases. Last year, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta also told the Supreme Court that the central government is in the process of banning PFI, which has already been declared illegal in several states, including Jharkhand. Mehta had also said that several PFI office-bearers have been found to be associated with the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), which is already a banned organisation. The PFI reportedly receives funds from its sympathizers, mostly Indians, based in the Gulf countries.

Where how many PFI members were arrested
According to the investigating officer, in almost simultaneous raids across the country, a joint operation of several agencies led by the NIA on Thursday arrested 106 PFI workers for supporting terrorist activities in the country. The maximum number of arrests took place in Kerala, where 22 people were caught. After this, 10 people were arrested in Maharashtra and Karnataka (20-20), Tamil Nadu, nine in Assam, eight in Uttar Pradesh, five in Andhra Pradesh, four in Madhya Pradesh, three each in Puducherry and Delhi and two in Rajasthan. .

When was PFI established?
PFI was established in 2006 and now has branches in more than two dozen states and union territories including Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Assam and Manipur. Significantly, several security agencies have traced the roots of the PFI to the National Development Front (NDF), a radical Islamist organization that was formed in 1993, a year later, as a result of the demolition of the Babri Masjid. (from input language)

Tags: Kerala, NIA, PFI



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