New Delhi, Agency. NIA and ED teams are raiding the premises of Popular Front of India (PFI) for terror funding in many states of the country. Central agencies in more than 10 states in collaboration with the state police have taken action against PFI. More than 100 members of PFI have been arrested during the crackdown.
At the same time, protests against action against PFI have started in many states. Protests are taking place in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala. The demonstrators are protesting the raids on the premises of PFI and the arrest of the members.
Workers sitting on the ground in Tamil Nadu
PFI and SDPI workers protested fiercely in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu. Let us inform that raids are being conducted in Chennai, Salem and other areas in the state. In Chennai, around 100 PFI workers sat on the ground outside the party office and raised slogans.
— ANI (@ANI)
September 22, 2022
In Mylapore, a PFI office-bearer R. Nasser told the agency, “This is an attack by fascist forces against a social organisation. We oppose undemocratic raids by central agencies. We will not bow down to such cowardly acts.
Demonstration in Kerala too
PFI leaders have also been arrested from Kerala. Protests were also held in the state against this. PFI chairman Oma Salam has also been taken into custody in Kerala. Several activists took to the streets of the state to protest the raids and detentions. The protesting workers have called it the agenda of the RSS. He has also announced a Kerala bandh on Friday.
Activists furious in Mangaluru, Karnataka
On the other hand, PFI and SDPI workers have demonstrated in Mangaluru, Karnataka. Police have also detained PFI workers from Karnataka.
106 members of PFI arrested
A total of 106 PFI members have been arrested from 11 states. 5 from Andhra Pradesh, 9 from Assam, 3 from Delhi, 20 from Karnataka, 20 from Kerala, MP 4, 20 from Maharashtra, Puducherry 3, Rajasthan 2, 10 from Tamil Nadu and 8 from UP.
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