In a chargesheet filed in PMLA Court, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) claimed that the Popular Front of India (PFI) is involved in terror funding, illegal activities such as anti-CAA protests, inciting violence in the Delhi riots on social media and creating Babri Masjid posters, and inciting people against the NRC and Common Civil Code.
According to the ED, PFI member KA Rauf Sherif has a Chinese connection and is also linked to the Hathras case, in which a Dalit lady died after reportedly being gang-raped. Rauf allegedly received Rs one crore from China under the cover of mask selling, according to the ED. Rauf worked at Race International LLC in Oman.
Two of Race International’s four directors are Chinese, and the other two are Kerala-based NRIs.
In 2019 and 2020, Rauf travelled to China and got monies in his Indian bank account.
Another example included Kaleem Pasha of SDPI (a PFI subsidiary), who got Rs 5 lakhs from a Chinese firm called Jumpmonkey Promotions India (P) Ltd.
Pasha was a participant in the riots in Banglore.
According to the ED, Sharif paid for Sidhique Kappan, a Delhi-based Kerala journalist, and three others to travel to Hathras in Uttar Pradesh.
PFI has organised District Executive Committees in the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and other countries to gather funds, according to the ED report. Individuals are given goals to meet, such as collecting cash and transferring it through Hawala or disguised as legitimate commercial operations.
ED looked into the accounts of over 600 domestic contributors and their bank accounts, as well as the accounts of over 2600 recipients, during the inquiry. Many of these accounts were proved to be false by an ED investigation, and people on the ground were not found during physical verification.
Anshad Baseudeen was one of the recipients of this money. With IEDs, a pistol, and live cartridges, he was apprehended by UP ATS. PFI has made a transfer of Rs. 3.5 lakh from its account. This proves that PFI was involved in terrorism.
Physical Training Camps are being organised by PFI in Gulf countries. During a search at Unity House, Calicut House, the truth was discovered. PFI has between 1,800 and 2,000 members in Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, and Jeddah alone.
PFI has also organised a “Hit Squad,” which is tasked with carrying out terror attacks in India.
PFI is also contemplating a coordinated attack on BJP or RSS workers. A December 3, 2020 attack was planned, but it was postponed owing to an ED raid.
A paper showing 151 various types of protest was discovered during a search operation on Abdul Razzak, a Divisional President of PFI. One method of protest proposed is the wearing of symbols. The latest Hijab Protests in Karnataka can certainly be linked to this