What is PFI: NIA-led operations across the country on Thursday led to the arrests of 106 PFI activists in 11 states for allegedly supporting terror activities across the country.
The operations took place near-simultaneously across the country. Among the states arrested, Kerala made the most (22) followed by Maharashtra (20 each), Karnataka (20); Tamil Nadu (10); Assam (9); Uttar Pradesh (8); Andhra Pradesh (5); Madhya Pradesh (4); Puducherry and Delhi (3 each); and Rajasthan (2).
During a meeting with Amit Shah, officials said the ongoing searches at premises linked to the Popular Front of India and action against terror suspects were discussed.
What is PFI?
The Popular Front of India was established in 2006 when three outfits merged in the Indian state of Kerala. These are the National Development Front (NDF) of Kerala, the Forum for Dignity of Karnataka, and the MNP of Tamil Nadu.
Numerous reports indicate that PFI has been linked to terrorist funding, money laundering, and radicalization of Muslim youth.
It has also been alleged that following its ban, SIMI members joined PFI, and the PFI has been accused of creating a communal climate in the region and inciting riots from the start.
According to a sworn affidavit submitted to the Kerala High Court in 2014 by the state government, PFI activists were involved in 27 political murders and 106 communal incidents.
Cases of Terror Funding
According to police investigations, two PFI members Abdul Razak Peediyakkal and Asharaf Khadir are being tried on charges of Rs 22 crore that they collected illegally. Their alleged aim is to provide the funds needed to support the organization’s radical activities. The PFI is also accused of founding a supposed terror group as well.
Authorities were in possession of explosives and a 32-bore pistol. Anshad Badharudeen, along with other PFI member Firoz Khan, was detained last year and investigated for anti-terrorism crimes by Uttar Pradesh police.
How Operation Mid Night was Procedure?
- At 1 am raids began.
- A total of 200 NIA personnel were involved in the raids, including four IGs, one ADG, and 16 SPs.
- State police and CAPF were deployed in large numbers.
- A total of six control rooms were set up for monitoring.
- A Command Control Center was established at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
- The concerned team received dossiers for over 200 suspects.
- In addition to 200 mobile phones and 100 laptops, incriminating documents, vision documents,
- Enrollment forms and bank details were seized.
- Spotters were set up at the respective locations after a week-long recce of all suspects.
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