PFI encouraged youth to join LeT, ISIS, Al-Qaeda to establish Islamic rule in India: NIA

24 September, 2022 | Pranay Lad

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The NIA remand copy presented before a special court in Kerala reveals that the Popular Front of India (PFI), its office bearers, members, and affiliates in Kerala encouraged vulnerable youths to j...

The NIA remand copy presented before a special court in Kerala reveals that the Popular Front of India (PFI), its office bearers, members, and affiliates in Kerala encouraged vulnerable youths to join terrorist organisations like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Daesh, and Al-Qaida and also conspired to establish Islamic rule in India by committing a terrorist act.

The Central agency also charged the PFI’s cadres and members operating out of Kerala with conspiring to engage in “illegal activities by inciting animosity between followers of various faiths and groups, detrimental to the maintenance of harmony, with the intention to disturb public peace and foster hostility toward India.”

The information was revealed in a request for the accused Karamana Ashraf Moulavi, a national in charge of PFI’s Education Wing, and others to be placed on judicial remand. The Kochi branch of the NIA is looking into the matter.

“The Popular Front of India (PFI), its office bearers, members, and affiliates in Kerala have conspired to engage in unlawful activities, by inciting animosity between members of different religious and racial groups, prejudicial to maintaining harmony, with an intention to disturb public peace and cause disaffection against India, and by promoting alternative justice delivery systems justifying the use of criminal force, causing alarm and fear, in order to disrupt public tranquilly and cause disaffection against India,” the court document

According to the NIA, the PFI also fosters “dis-affection against India by giving a certain group of individuals erroneous interpretations of government policies in order to foster hostility against the state and its apparatuses.”

The Ministry of Home Affairs’ Counter Terrorism and Counter Radicalization (CTCR) division issued an order dated September 16 instructing the agency to look into the incident due to the nature and seriousness of the offence, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) subsequently stated.

As a result, on September 19 at its Kochi branch, the NIA filed a case under sections 120B and 153A of the Indian Penal Code, as well as sections 13, 18, 18B, 38, and 39 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, against PFI and 13 other individuals, including Karamana Ashraf Moulavi, Abdul Sathar (State General Secretary, PFI, Kerala), Sadiq Ahmed (District Secretary, PFI, Pathanamthitta), Shihas (Zonal Secretary, PFI), Ansari P (Joint Convener, PFI, Nadakkal Division), M M Mujeeb (Divisional Convener, PFl Nadackal Erattupetta Division), Najumudeen (Divisional Convener, PFI Mundakkayam), Sainuddeen T S (District Secretary, PFI, Kottayam), P K Usman alias Pallikkaranjalil Kunjippu Usman alias Usman Perumpilavu (Member, NGA, PFI), Yahiya Koya Thangal (State Executive Council member, PFI, Kerala), C A Rauf (State Secretary, Media, and PR wings, PFI, Kerala), K Muhammedali alias Kunhappo (National in-charge, Expansion wing, PFI), and CT Sulaiman (District President, PFI Kasaragod).

According to the NIA, “reliable information has been received that, some important documents, digital devices, and articles which are evidence for the purpose of investigation and prosecution of the case and which will lead to unravelling the larger conspiracy behind the crime and also to identify and secure other suspects involved in the crime, are available in the various places including the houses/offices and other places related to the case are available in the various places including the houses/offices and other places related to the case”

The memo obtained by the news agency states, “The confiscated documents also contain very damning evidence connected to the targeting of important leaders of a certain group.

The agency continued, “The hit list confiscated plainly demonstrates that the PFI, which is operating via its leaders, members, and allies, has gone far ahead in generating horrors within the people.

Citing these suggestions, the NIA went on to advise the court that further research is needed in this area, not just to gather more information but also to stop the societal bloodbaths.

The NIA further stated that it had come to light during the investigation that the “accused named in the FIR were actively involved in the organised crimes and Unlawful Activities repeatedly to terrorise other religious sections of the society in addition to creating fear in the mind of the general public based on the larger conspiracy hatched among themselves and others,” based on the materials gathered.

“The damning roles played by the defendants, in this case, are further highlighted by the first examination of the materials gathered and inquiry carried out.

Each suspected person must be thoroughly investigated on their role and overt activity, and further proof must be gathered.”

The information was made public as 106 PFI leaders, cadres, and others were detained on Thursday during searches conducted by the NIA, ED, and state police agencies throughout India. Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, West Bengal, Bihar, and Manipur were among the 15 states where the NIA conducted searches at 93 sites.

Following persistent input and evidence that the PFI leaders and cadres were involved in funding terrorism and terrorist activities, organising training camps for providing armed training, and radicalising people to join prohibited organisations, the NIA registered five cases in connection with these searches at the homes and offices of the top PFI leaders and members.

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