106 PFI functionaries arrested in NIA-led crackdown across several states

23 September, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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In raids by multi-agency teams led by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) across different states on Thursday, more than 100 members of the Popular Front of India (PFI) were detained for allege...

In raids by multi-agency teams led by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) across different states on Thursday, more than 100 members of the Popular Front of India (PFI) were detained for allegedly supporting terrorism in the nation.

On Thursday, the state police forces, National Investigation Agency, and Enforcement Directorate conducted synchronised raids at the homes and workplaces of PFI officials and members around India. 106 PFI members were detained as part of the greatest probe against the organisation to date.

On Thursday, searches were carried out at 93 locations across 15 Indian states.

Andhra Pradesh (4 locations), Telangana (1), Delhi (19), Kerala (11), Karnataka (8), Tamil Nadu (3), Uttar Pradesh (1), Rajasthan (2), Hyderabad (5), Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, West Bengal, Bihar, and Manipur were among the states where the raids were carried out.

The NIA registered five cases after receiving “continued inputs and evidence” that the PFI leaders and cadres were involved in funding terrorism and terrorist activities, running training camps for armed instruction, and radicalising individuals to join prohibited organisations. The searches were done in connection with those cases.

Over the past several years, numerous criminal lawsuits have been filed in various states against the PFI and its leaders and members for their involvement in numerous violent activities.

The chopping off of a college professor’s hand, the cold-blooded killing of people connected to groups that support other faiths, the gathering of explosives to target notable individuals and locations, support for the Islamic State, and the destruction of public property are just a few of the violent crimes “carried out” by PFI. They have clearly had the impact of instilling fear in the minds of the populace.

This morning’s searches resulted in the seizure of several digital devices, cash, sharp-edged weapons, and damning documents. In these cases, the NIA has made 45 arrests.

When the NIA carried out the raids earlier in the day, they discovered several damning papers, more than 100 mobile phones, and computers.