- Raid at 93 locations of PFI led by NIA
- 106 PFI leaders and activists arrested
- Allegedly involved in the financing of terrorism
Case of PFI terrorist financing: Multiple agencies led by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday conducted simultaneous raids at 93 locations in 15 states and arrested 106 Popular Front of India (PFI) leaders and activists allegedly involved in financing terrorism in the country. Officials provided this information. Officials said the maximum number of 22 PFI activists were arrested in Kerala. Its president OMA Salam was also among those arrested, he said. Officials termed it the “biggest operation ever” against the PFI.
Highest Arrests from Kerala
Officials said the arrests were made by the NIA, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the police forces of the respective states. He said the 15 states where these raids have been conducted at 93 places include Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, West Bengal, Bihar and Manipur Is included. Officials said the maximum number of arrests were made in Kerala (22). Apart from this, Maharashtra (20), Karnataka (20), Tamil Nadu (10), Assam (9), Uttar Pradesh (8), Andhra Pradesh (5), Madhya Pradesh (4), Puducherry (3), Delhi ( 3) and arrests were made in Rajasthan (2). He said the raids started at 03.30 am and involved a total of 300 NIA officers from various offices across the country.
Security personnel stand guard outside the People’s Front (PFI) party office in Bengaluru
Radttoad red in terrorist financing cases
According to officials, the raids were carried out on the premises by persons allegedly involved in raising funds, arranging training for them and tricking people into joining banned organisations. The NIA team seized documents, literature, computers, laptops and phones, he said. The NIA is investigating a total of 19 cases related to PFI. The NIA said the violent acts allegedly committed by the PFI, such as chopping off the hand of a college professor in Kerala in 2010 and the wanton killings of people belonging to organizations of other religions, had a profound impact on creating terror in the minds of citizens. Is held. Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting on Thursday. The meeting is believed to have discussed the raids being carried out on PFI premises and measures against terror suspects.
Tomorrow PFI will strike in Kerala in protest
Top officials including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Minister Ajay Bhalla, NIA Director General Dinkar Gupta attended the high-level meeting, officials said. Meanwhile, the PFI has called for a strike in Kerala on September 23 to protest the raids on its offices, leaders’ homes and other premises by various agencies led by the NIA. PFI state general secretary A Abdul Sattar said, “The state will go on strike on September 23 against the attempt by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-controlled fascist government to suppress the voice of dissent by using central agencies.” Said the strike would be held from 6:00 a.m. to 18.00. However, the Kerala unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) termed the proposed strike as “unnecessary” and urged the state government to take strict action against it.
Popular Front of India (PFI) activists block the Kazhakootam – Kovalam bypass
“Zero tolerance policy towards communalism”
On the other hand, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that all forms of communalism should be fought wherever it comes from and there should be a ‘zero tolerance’ policy towards it. Gandhi, in response to a question asked at a press conference in Kochi regarding the nationwide raids on PFI offices and homes of PFI leaders by the NIA and other agencies, said, “All forms of communalism should be fought wherever it may come from. “Is. There should be a policy of “zero tolerance” towards communalism and it should be countered.
Two charges against PFI and officials
The ED has been charged with conspiracy in connection with the anti-Citizenship Act (CAA) protests in the country that fueled the February 2020 Delhi riots, the alleged gang-rape and death of a Dalit woman in Hathras district of Uttar Pradesh and some other charges . The PFI is investigating the alleged “financial links”. The probe agency has filed two charges against PFI and its officials in the Special Prevention of Money Laundering (PMLA) court in Lucknow. The ED had lodged its first FIR in February last year against PFI and its student wing Campus Front of India (CFI) on charges of money laundering. He had alleged that the PFI members wanted to “incite communal riots and create an atmosphere of terror” after the alleged gang-rape case of Hathras.
General Secretary of PFI Anis Ahmed (second, right) being produced before the Patiala Court after a nationwide raid led by the NIA
The funding came from hotels in the UAE
The persons named in the chargesheet are National General Secretary of PFI’s Student Wing CFI and PFI member KA Rauf Sharif, CFI National Treasurer Atikur Rahman, CFI’s Delhi unit General Secretary Masood Ahmed, PFI journalist Siddiqui Kappan. and Mohammad Alam, another member of CFI/PFI. The ED, in its second chargesheet filed this year, had alleged that a hotel located in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had become a money-laundering “vehicle” for the PFI.
20 activists were also arrested from Maharashtra
The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Thursday arrested 20 PFI activists from the state. In Maharashtra, various ATS teams conducted raids in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Aurangabad, Pune, Kolhapur, Beed, Parbhani, Nanded, Malegaon (Nashik district) and Jalgaon, an official said. He said the ATS has registered four cases in Mumbai, Nashik, Aurangabad and Nanded under various sections of the Indian Penal Code. The NIA raided the offices of the PFI in Karnataka and the premises attached to its officials.
Muslim youths tried to prevent the act
According to official sources, the raids began in the early hours and raids were conducted at over 12 locations in Bengaluru, Dakshina Kannada’s district headquarters Mangaluru, Uttara Kannada’s Sirsi and Kalaburagi. During the raids on the offices, several Muslim youths reached there and raised slogans of “NIA go back”. These people also tried to prevent the raid. The police took these people into custody as a precaution.
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