Other agencies including the National Investigation Agency (NIA) have once again raided several locations of the Popular Front of India (PFI) across the country. According to information, it is being told as the raid of the second round.
New Delhi: Other agencies including the National Investigation Agency (NIA) have once again raided several locations of the Popular Front of India (PFI) across the country on Tuesday. According to information, it is being told as the raid of the second round. A total 7 members have been arrested from Assam and 45 members from Karnataka. Recently, NIA arrested PFI member Shafiq Paith from Kerala.
Based on the leads received after the first round of NIA interrogation, the agencies are conducting raids along with the police and other agencies of 8 states. According to the information, raids are being conducted on the locations of PFI in 8 states.
Police in Karnataka has arrested the district’s PFI president and SDPI secretary on Tuesday (today) morning. According to the information, PFI district president Abdul Karim and SDPI secretary Sheikh Masqsood were arrested. They have been arrested as a precautionary measure so that the situation of any untoward incident does not arise. At the same time, in Kolar district, the police have arrested 6 members of PFI. While 4 members have been arrested from Bellary. On the other hand, Mangalore Police also detained members of PFI and SDPI.
In Assam, at around 5 am today, the state police raided many places of PFI. During this 7 PFI leaders were arrested. All were arrested from Nagarbera area of Kamrup district. In Karnataka, as many as 45 PFI members were picked up under ‘preventive custody.’ They will be produced in front of local tehsildar and seek judicial custody and will be sent to prison. In Pune, the state police have detained six PFI supporters for questioning regarding the alleged funding.
According to sources, raids are being carried out in Uttar Pradesh’s Siana and Sarurpur and Lisri Gate in Meerut since late last night. Many suspects have been taken into custody from Meerut, Bulandshahr and Sitapur. Raids are underway in many areas in Delhi including Shaheen Bagh and Jamia since late night Monday regarding PFI. Around 12 people have been detained during the raids. Along with the probe agencies, teams of Delhi Police Special Cell and local police stations were involved in the raids.
PFI is on the radar of investigating agencies these days. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had raided more than 100 PFI locations in the past. Now the sword of ban on PFI is hanging. On September 22, NIA, ED and state police raided several places and arrested 106 people associated with PFI. Even before this, NIA had registered cases against people associated with PFI. On September 22, in action against PFI across the country, NIA has registered 5 FIRs under UAPA. After this action of NIA, now the threat of ban on PFI has deepened.
The members of the PFI, arrested from Kerala on September 22, have been given in the custody of the NIA by a special court in Kochi till September 30. The NIA had leveled serious allegations against the PFI and its arrested leaders, and claimed that the documents seized during the raid contained highly objectionable material targeting prominent leaders of a particular community.
NIA recently raided the office of PFI in Kolkata as well. During this, the investigating agency had recovered many documents, handwritten notes and booklets. A booklet recently condemned the arrest of Al Qaeda terrorists from Murshidabad district. All these documents were confiscated by the investigating agency.