106 PFI functionaries arrested during nationwide raids

The Economic Times | 4 days ago | 22-09-2022 | 11:36 pm

106 PFI functionaries arrested during nationwide raids

In a nationwide crackdown, 106 senior functionaries and cadres of the Popular Front of India were arrested on Thursday in a joint operation conducted by the National Investigation Agency , Enforcement Directorate and the state police at multiple locations across 15 states, officials said. While the ED claimed to have discovered an 'alleged Chinese link to the funding of PFI', the NIA arrests were made after they seized 'incriminating documents and weapons' during the raids. Meanwhile, the state police have also made arrests after receiving reliable information on PFI workers being responsible 'for stoking communal sentiments'. The raids were conducted in Andhra Pradesh (5 raids), Assam (9), Delhi (3), Karnataka (20), Kerala (22), Madhya Pradesh (4), Maharashtra (20), Puducherry (3), Rajasthan (2), Tamil Nadu (10) and Uttar Pradesh (8).The operation started late Wednesday night and went on till Thursday involving over 1,500 personnel of the state police, Central Armed Police Forces and officers of the NIA and ED. During the raids on Thursday, PFI chairman OMA Salam and state president CP Muhammad Basheer were taken into custody while Delhi PFI chief Parvez Ahmed and his brother were held from Okhla. Others arrested by the agencies include PFI's general secretary, Ilyas Ahmed; Shafique Daru Rahima and Abdul Muqeed.ED RAIDSA man who worked with a Chinese national in Oman is being probed by the agency for arranging a funding of more than ₹1 crore for PFI under the guise of trading, said people in the know. KA Rauf Sherif, a PFI member and Campus Front of India national general secretary, is said to have received more than ₹1 crore in his bank account. Rauf Sherif was an employee of Race International LLC Oman, a Chinese-controlled company based in Oman. The company claims to be in a trading business that involves transfer of funds between China and Oman. The people quoted above said that Rauf Sherif visited China twice during 2019 and 2020.The ED claimed that its probe has revealed that PFI allegedly raised funds from Gulf nations. The agency claims that PFI had formed district executive committees in the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia with the intention of raising funds.NIA ARRESTSThe agency said: "Incriminating documents, cash, sharp-edged weapons and a large number of digital devices were seized. The NIA has made 45 arrests in these cases. While 19 have been arrested from Kerala, 11 were arrested from Tamil Nadu, 7 from Karnataka, 4 from Andhra Pradesh, 2 from Rajasthan, 1 each from UP and Telangana." NIA is investigating 19 cases against PFI and its members including five FIRs registered ahead of Thursday's raids."These arrested PFI leaders and cadres are involved in funding terrorism and terrorist activities, providing armed training, radicalising people to join proscribed organisations," said officials. The NIA said, "A large number of criminal cases have been registered by different states over the last few years against the PFI and its leaders and members for their involvement in many violent acts. Criminal violent acts carried out by PFI such as chopping off the hand of a college professor, cold-blooded killings of persons associated with organisations espousing other faiths, collection of explosives to target prominent people and places, support to Islamic State and destruction of public property have had a demonstrative effect of striking terror in the minds of the citizens."ACTION BY STATE POLICEIn Assam, 10 leaders of the organisation were arrested on 'reliable information' that they were trying to 'foment communal strife' in the state. "They were indulging in whipping up communal passion and the sentiments of the religious minority by ascribing every policy of the government to have communal overtones. This includes the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), NRC (National Register of Citizens) and 'D'-Voter, the new State Education Policy, Cattle Protection Act, extension of AFSPA, TET examination, Agnipath scheme, eviction of encroached government lands. They used to term these actions of the government as an attack on the Muslim community," said an Assam police official.In Maharashtra, the ATS conducted raids in Aurangabad, Pune, Kohlapur, Beed, Parbhani, Nanded, Jalgaon, Jalna, Malegaon, Navi Mumbai and Thane and registered cases against PFI members under sections 153 A , 121A, 109, 120B of the IPC and UAPA Section 13(1) (b) for indulging in unlawful activities, promoting enmity among communities and for conspiring to wage war against the state. The agencies claimed to have seized incriminating documents.

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