New Delhi, Sep 28: The government of India has banned the Popular Front of India. The decision comes after two back-to-back mega nation wide raids on the outfit.
The government took the decision to ban the outfit for five years after it was found that it was indulging in alleged terror funding.
PFI’s associate organisations Rehab India Foundation (RIF), Campus Front of India (CFI), All India Imams Council (AIIC), National Confederation of Human Rights Organisation (NCHRO), National Women’s Front, Junior Front, Empower India Foundation and Rehab Foundation, Kerala have also been banned.
The PFI is set to become the 43rd banned terrorist organisation in India under Section 35 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967, which states that an organisation shall be deemed to be involved in terrorism if it commits or participates in acts of terrorism, prepares for terrorism, promotes or encourages terrorism or otherwise involved in terrorism.
New Delhi, Sep 27: The Popular Front of India (PFI), which was raided by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Enforcement Directorate, is set to become the 43rd banned terrorist organisation in India under Section 35 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967.
The enforcement agencies would soon recommend a ban on the PFI to the Union Home Ministry. The decision would be taken soon, a source told OneIndia while adding that the legal options are currently being examined. For now, the reports from the Maharashtra anti-terror squad are also under examination.
The NIA, ED raids on the Popular Front of India was probably one of the most meticulously planned operations by the agencies which involved everything from planning to coordination to complete secrecy.
New Delhi, Sep 24: The raids on the Popular Front of India (PFI) across the country which led to the arrest of 106 accused was probably one of the most meticulously planned operations.
Raids were carried out across 15 states which led to the arrest of O M S Salam, and this involved the coordination between the National Investigation Agency, Enforcement Directorate, the Intelligence Bureau and 86 platoons of para-military forces.
Multiple agencies such as the NIA and the Intelligence Bureau have prepared detailed dossiers on the outfits which focus around the funding pattern and the activities of the PFI.
New Delhi, Sep 23: In one of the biggest operations in recent times, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) jointly conducted raids on the PFI-SDPI leadership in the wee hours of Thursday morning. The operation was overseen by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
At around 3.30 a.m., the order to go ahead with the raids was issued by NIA director general Dinkar Gupta and ED director Sanjay Mishra. The raids at fifteen states were carried out with the assistance of the local police.
Multiple agencies such as the Intelligence Bureau and the NIA have prepared detailed dossiers on the outfits. The dossiers focus around the funding pattern and activities of the organisation.
PFI as an organisation came into existence in 2006. However, it dates back to 1993 when an organisation called the National Development Front was formed to protect the interests of Muslims in Kerala following the demolition of the Babri Masjid.
New Delhi, Sep 22: In a joint operation the National Investigation Agency and the Enforcement Directorate raided multiple locations in a bid to crack down on the Popular Front of India.
Raids took place at Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka among other places. Over 100 PFI members have been detained by the ED, NIA and respective state police in various cases.
New Delhi, Apr 15: The Union Government is mulling a ban on the Popular Front of India. There have been discussions about the ban following the riots that broke out during Ram Navami.
The PFI has been flagged on numerous occasions in recent times. It has been accused of fanning riots during the anti-CAA protests. During the Delhi riots men of the outfit were seen handing over cash to the perpetrators. A decision on the ban is likely to be taken within a week, sources have told OneIndia.
On Wednesday the BJP in Kerala demanded that the National Investigation Agency probe into the activities of the Sathya Sarani, an Islamic centre in Mallapuram, Kerala. The charge levelled was that the institute was indulging in large-scale conversions and was even backed by fundamentalist group Popular Front of India.
A memorandum was submitted to the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking an in-depth probe into the activities of the institute.
While there have been scores of allegations made against institute in the past, the group itself has denied all such allegations. The group in fact on its website states that Christian missionaries are targeting poor Muslims in different parts of the state.