To break the back of terrorists, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) today raided PFI locations in 13 states including Tamil Nadu, Kerala. More than 100 people have been arrested during the raids. The states where the NIA has conducted raids include Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Assam, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. This is the biggest action so far against the training activities of PFI and its people, terror funding and connecting people with the organization.
PFI president arrested, protests begin
NIA and ED have raided and arrested PFI national president OMA Salam at Manjeri in Malappuram district, besides PFI’s Delhi head Parvez Ahmed’s house. During this PFI workers protested. Apart from this, activists of PFI and SDPI are also protesting against NIA raids in Mangaluru, Karnataka. However, they have been taken into custody.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting
Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting with officials including NSA, Home Secretary, DG NIA regarding NIA raid on PFI.
Raids on the locations of national, state and local level leaders
The houses of national, state and local level leaders of PFI are being raided. Raids are also being conducted at the state committee office. The organization said in a statement that we strongly oppose the steps taken by the fascist regime to use agencies to suppress the voice of dissent.
Raids in Dindigul, Tamil Nadu
NIA officials raid the Popular Front of India (PFI) party office in Tamil Nadu’s Dindigul district. More than 50 members of PFI protested outside the party office against the raids by NIA.
Nine PFI affiliates detained from Assam
Assam Police has detained nine people associated with PFI across the state. A senior police officer told news agency ANI that, last night, Assam Police and NIA jointly launched an operation in Hatigaon area of Guwahati and detained nine people belonging to PFI across the state.
The names of these people included in the charge sheet
Those named in the chargesheet include KA Rauf Sheriff, Campus Front of India (CFI) national treasurer Atikur Rahman, Delhi-based CFI general secretary Masood Ahmed, PFI-affiliated journalists Siddiqui Kappan and Mohammad Alam.
Arrests also from Indore and Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh
NIA raids PFI’s bases in Indore and Ujjain of Madhya Pradesh. The Madhya Pradesh leader of PFI was arrested. Four leaders were arrested from Indore and Ujjain.
Two suspects arrested from Lucknow
Two suspects have been detained from Lucknow in the raids of UPATS and NIA in Purvanchal and western Uttar Pradesh including Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow.
Screws on PFI in Bihar too
National Investigation Agency ANI is conducting searches at PFI office in Purnia, Bihar.
What is Popular Front of India (PFI)?
Popular Front of India (PFI) was formed on 17 February 2007. This organization was formed by merging three Muslim organizations in South India. These included National Democratic Front of Kerala, Karnataka Forum for Dignity and Manitha Neeti Pasarai of Tamil Nadu. PFI claims that at present this organization is active in 23 states of the country. After the ban on the Students Islamic Movement (SIMI) in the country, the PFI has expanded rapidly. This organization is said to have a lot of hold in South Indian states like Karnataka, Kerala. It also has many branches. This includes organizations such as the National Women’s Front for women and the Campus Front of India for students. Political parties even accuse each other of taking the help of PFI to get the support of Muslim voters during elections. Since its formation, there are allegations of anti-social and anti-national activities on the PFI.
Earlier on September 18, there was a raid
Let us inform that earlier on September 18, the NIA team had also raided 40 locations in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. During this, four people were taken into custody and interrogated. These included two people each from Telangana-Andhra. It is being told that more than 23 teams are conducting search operations in both the states.