Maharashtra: Four PFI members arrested in Panvel

20 October, 2022 | Pranay Lad

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Four members of the outlawed group Popular Front of India (PFI) were detained by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Thursday in the Panvel neighbourhood near Mumbai.

The four PFI members who were detained have been identified as Abdul Rahim Yakub Sayyad, Moiz Matin Patel, Mohamad Asif Khan, and Tanvir Hamid Khan by Maharashtra ATS. The secretary of PFI’s Panvel branch is Abdul Rahim Yakub Sayyad. The arrests were made on Thursday around 4 am after learning of their meeting in Panvel.

Under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act of 1967, the detained individuals were lodged in jail. At Mumbai’s Kalachowki Police Station, the matter was reported.
There is now an ongoing investigation.

In connection with one of the ongoing cases involving the PFI, the Maharashtra ATS has previously detained 22 persons for allegedly engaging in illegal activities.

It’s important to note that the PFI has lately been banned for five years by the Central Government.

The declaration was made by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), which recently declared “the PFI and its partners, affiliates, or fronts as an unlawful association with immediate effect.”

The restriction was extended to PFI as well as its other fronts, such as Rehab India Foundation (RIF). National Confederation of Human Rights Organization (NCHRO), All India Imams Council (AIIC), National Women’s Front, Junior Front, Empower India Foundation, Rehab Foundation, Kerala as an “unlawful association,” Campus Front of India (CFI).

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) received information that indicated that “the PFI has been generating and collecting large sums from overseas in a carefully planned and systematic manner.”

The Central Agencies also learned that “PFI was raising monies abroad and transferring them to India through clandestine and illegal means.”