NIA-ED screws on PFI, 106 arrested: From money for terror to training… know why raids took place in 13 states

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted raids on several locations of Popular Front of India (PFI) in 13 states from Thursday midnight, which is continuing till now. In this action being taken in the Terror funding case, 106 members of PFI have been arrested. According to media reports, organization chief Oma Salam is also among those arrested. On Thursday, the NIA produced 14 accused arrested in Delhi’s Patiala House Court.

This action of NIA and ED is going on in Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Maharashtra, Bihar, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Puducherry and Rajasthan. Here, amid the action, a high-level meeting was held in the Ministry of Home Affairs under the chairmanship of Home Minister Amit Shah. NSA Ajit Doval, Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla and Director General of NIA were present in the meeting.

Why the raid took place, 3 reasons…

PFI workers took to the road in protest against the raid
Activists of PFI against NIA, ED raids have taken to the streets in Mallapuram in Kerala, Chennai in Tamil Nadu, Mangaluru in Karnataka. In Kerala, activists also blocked the road, which the police used mild force to remove.

Here, PFI has issued a statement saying that this action is being taken to suppress the voice. The central agency is harassing us. PFI has called for a one-day strike in Kerala on Friday.

3 pictures of NIA action on PFI…

Central Force personnel posted at PFI office in Tamil Nadu's Dindigul district amid NIA raids.
NIA has sealed the district office of PFI in Telangana's Chandragutta.
Karnataka Police detained PFI activists protesting in Mangaluru.

PFI’s name came in 2 big controversies

Organization is banned in Jharkhand, also on the radar of the Center

PFI is currently banned only in Jharkhand on the charge of spreading communalism in the society. Against this the organization has also appealed in the court. At the same time, the central government is also preparing to tighten the noose on PFI. For this, a team was formed in August itself, which was entrusted with the responsibility of working on three fronts.

The 'Save the Republic' program was organized by PFI on 18 September.  In this program, Qasimi made a controversial statement.

PFI leader Qasimi gave controversial statement
On September 18, during a rally in Kozhikode, Kerala, PFI leader Afzal Qasimi had said – Sangh Parivar and government people are trying to suppress us, but whenever there is a threat to Islam, then we will not back down from giving martyrdom. Qasimi said- This is the second fight for freedom and Muslims have to be ready for jihad.

Professor’s hand was chopped off on charges of blasphemy 12 years ago in Kerala, accused were associated with PFI

In Kerala in 2010, college professor TJ Joseph had come under the scanner of fundamentalists. Professor Joseph had written the name ‘Mohammed’ in the question paper prepared for the examination. Joseph was accused of hurting religious sentiments and blasphemy. The fanatics cut off his right hand and said – With this hand you have insulted the Prophet. That’s why you should never write again with this hand. This was the first incident in which the name of PFI was linked in a case against blasphemy in India. Read the exclusive report…

Formed in 2007, expanded to 20 states
Popular Front India (PFI) was formed in 2007 by Manitha Niti Pasarai (MNP) and an organization named National Development Fund (NDF). Initially this organization was active only in the states of South India, but now it has expanded to 20 states including UP-Bihar.

Maulana and scholar associated with PFI on the radar of NIA: From Kanhaiyalal murder to Karauli-Jodhpur riots, funding in the name of Zakat

Violence erupted in Karauli, Rajasthan on Ram Navami, riots on Eid-Akshay Tritiya in Jodhpur and beheading of tailor Kanhaiyalal in Udaipur. In all these cases the name of an organization has come up again and again. That is- PFI i.e. Popular Front of India (PFI). Now the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is raiding several locations of PFI in 10 states since Thursday morning. Many Maulanas and scholars associated with it are on the radar.

So far 100 people associated with the organization have been arrested from across the country under this action being taken in the Terror Funding Case. NIA raids are going on in Jaipur, Udaipur, Kota and Baran on people associated with PFI. 2 people have also been arrested in Rajasthan. Read full news…

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