New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday filed a chargesheet against banned outfit Popular Front of India (PFI) against 19 people, including 12 members of the outfit's National Executive Council (NEC), in its fifth chargesheet this month. An officer gave this information. The case is related to his alleged involvement in a conspiracy to wage war to establish an Islamic caliphate in the country.
New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday filed a chargesheet against banned outfit Popular Front of India (PFI) against 19 people, including 12 members of the outfit’s National Executive Council (NEC), in its fifth chargesheet this month. An officer gave this information. The case is related to his alleged involvement in a conspiracy to wage war to establish an Islamic caliphate in the country.
A spokesperson of the federal agency said that along with the filing of chargesheets in the Delhi case, the NIA has so far filed chargesheets against 105 accused in PFI cases across the country. The spokesman said that the 19 accused who have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act include Salam, Rahiman, Nazruddin, Ahmed, Afsar Pasha, E Abubakar, Professor P Koya and Mohd. including Ali Jinnah.
The other accused named in the charge-sheet are Abdul Wahid Sait, AS Ismail, Mohammad Yusuf, Mohammad Basheer, Shafir KP, Jasir KP, Shahid Nasir, Wasim Ahmed, Mohammad Shakif, Muhammad Farooq ur Rehman and Yasser Arafat alias Includes ‘Yasir Hasan’. He was arrested in September last year following a nationwide crackdown at 39 locations, including PFI offices across the country, after the group was banned by the Home Ministry.
The spokesman said, “The case under investigation since April 2022 had revealed that a criminal conspiracy was hatched by the PFI to divide the country on communal lines. It was also learned that the ultimate objective of the conspiracy was to destroy the existing system of secular overthrow and convert the democratic regime in India into that of an Islamic Caliphate.”
The NIA said that its investigation has also unearthed traces of funding by the PFI to its terror operatives and weapon trainers across the country through cash and regular bank transfers in the guise of payment of salaries.
“All these PFI trainers have been arrested in cases registered by NIA or various state police forces. NIA has also frozen 37 bank accounts of PFI organization as well as 40 bank accounts of 19 persons associated with PFI,” said the spokesperson Have given.”
Guwahati (Assam), Sundipur (West Bengal), Imphal (Manipur), Kozhikode (Kerala), Chennai (Tamil Nadu), New Delhi, Jaipur (Rajasthan), Bengaluru (Karnataka), Hyderabad (Telangana) and Kurnool (Telangana) These bank accounts were processed across the country including Andhra Pradesh).
The spokesperson said, “Investigation has revealed that the PFI, working under the guise of building a mass organization and a socio-political movement, was actually a highly motivated, trained and clandestine elite within a larger organisation. in order to achieve its destructive and violent long-term goal of establishing an Islamic regime by 2047.”
The agency said that the PFI had devised a well-planned strategy to wage an armed struggle by radicalizing and recruiting those who had already pledged their allegiance to the organization and its ideology and tactics through an oath of secrecy and loyalty.
“These highly radicalized people were being trained in the use of arms and weapons at various arms training camps run by PFI across the country with the aim of creating a well-trained PFI army/militia,” the spokesperson said.
“The recovery of vision documents of PFI seized in various cases by the NIA clearly proves the conspiracy of the central leadership to recruit, arm and train the cadre for future armed insurgency,” the spokesperson said.
The NIA said the probe has also unearthed the PFI’s mechanism of collecting details of leaders of organizations belonging to a particular community and of those who, through its service teams or hit squads, are responsible for carrying out murders for their views. Don’t subscribe.
“Since the organisation’s formation in 2006, PFI cadres have been involved in a series of assassinations and violent attacks in the country, including on leaders of organizations at variance with the PFI over religious views and beliefs,” the agency said.
The spokesman said that the probe also revealed that PFI raised funds from India and abroad for carrying out violent and terrorist activities in various parts of India including Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Bihar, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. Was living or collecting money.
“The office bearers, leaders, cadre and members of PFI were also involved in radicalising and recruiting Muslim youth to join banned terrorist organizations like Islamic State,” the official said.
The spokesperson said that the NIA had registered the case on the basis of credible inputs in view of the arrest of two youths by the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in February 2021.
Anshad Badruddin and Firoz Khan were arrested while planning to carry out bomb blasts on the occasion of Basant Panchami, with the aim of spreading terror among a particular religious community and the public at large.
Apart from arms and ammunition, the UP ATS seized from Badruddin, an active PFI trainer and operative since 2010, a handwritten-text diary in Malayalam containing coded instructions and guidelines for carrying out riots, strategy of attacks during riots , included the routes to be followed. By local area leaders of the PFI, there was reconnaissance and information on how and where to detonate the bombs.
The officer said that funded by the PFI leadership, Badruddin was traveling to various states to recruit people into the PFI and impart arms training in the guise of physical education classes.
The spokesperson said, “Investigation has revealed that Badruddin, along with another PFI cadre Masood Ahmed, was planning to carry out terrorist activities. He had received around Rs 4 lakh from various PFI bank accounts for this purpose. Ahmed, who was arrested by UP Police in October 2020, also received money from PFI.”
Others who received similar funds from PFI for terrorist activities in the country were Mohammad Abdul Ahad, who was chargesheeted in Hyderabad in December 2022 and is still absconding, Mohammad Irfan, chargesheeted in Hyderabad in December 2022 and Abdul Khadar Puttur, arrested in September 2022 in Bengaluru.