TV9 Explained on PFI: This organization has been accused of being involved in multiple criminal activities like possession of illegal weapons, kidnapping, murder, spreading hatred among common people, riots, love jihad.
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New Delhi: National Investigation Agency and Enforcement Directorate are conducting search operations across the country. Two central investigative agencies have raided various organizations of the banned organization Popular Front of India. It is also reported that 100 people have been arrested so far. PFI chief Parvez Ahmed has been arrested. Now the question is, what is this PFI or Popular Front of India? Why is this organization banned?
Popular Front of India-
Popular Front of India is a radical Islamic organization. After the destruction of Babri Masjid in 1992, three Muslim organizations came together to form this organization. The name of this organization formed in 2006 was National Development Front. Later several organizations including Manitha Niti Pasarai, Karnataka Forum for Dignity came together to form the Popular Front of India. This organization was associated with anti-national and anti-social activities. This organization has branches in different states. However, PFI claims to be involved in neo-social activities. The organization claims that they ensure the safety, justice and freedom of the society. Clashes between the PFI and the Sangh Parivar are also frequent in Kerala and Karnataka.
Complaints of Kerala Govt.
In 2012, the Kerala government informed that PFI is actually the banned organization Students Islamic Movement of India. It was they who changed the name and created this new organization. After that the Kerala government banned PFI’s Freedom Parade. However, later PFI in the Kerala High Court. While the government’s decision was overturned by the court at the time, the ban on the organization remained in place.
A large amount of weapons were recovered
Several items including weapons, bombs, gunpowder, swords have been recovered from PFI members during searches in different states of the country. The police and other investigative agencies informed that this organization has links with the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. In 2012, the organization protested against the Unlawful Activities Act or UAPA Act.
The organization has been accused of being involved in multiple criminal activities such as possession of illegal arms, kidnapping, murder, spreading hatred among common people, riots, and love jihad. In 2010, he was also accused of abetting and financing terrorist activities.
Killing of members of rival organizations
Apart from supporting terrorist activities, there are allegations of riots and murders against the members of this organization. In 2003, PFI members were also accused of rioting and killing eight Hindus in Kerala’s Kozhikode.
Why this search operation?
The NIA has launched nationwide searches since the beginning of this month. They searched 40 places in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and arrested four people. In that search operation, NIA seized various digital documents, two daggers and 8 lakh 31 thousand 500 rupees.
On September 18, searches were conducted in several places including Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka. NIA conducted a joint operation with the Enforcement Directorate this morning. The search was conducted in more than 10 states including West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu. More than 100 PFI members have been arrested.