Probe into PFI ‘arms training centre’

Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan has said that it is for the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to decide whether it should probe the seizure of weapons from a suspected arms training centre run by the Popular Front of India (PFI) at Narath.

The Minister told presspersons here on Friday that the Kerala Police’s investigation in the case was heading in the right direction. Mr. Radhakrishnan said some evidence on the terror links of the PFI activists had been obtained. “The officers have got some vital clues regarding the terrorist and anti-national activities of the arrested men. It is not possible to divulge details now. The Popular Front says that it was just conducting a physical training programme,” he said.

Regarding the handing over of the case to NIA, he said that some conditions had to be satisfied before such agencies took up a case. The Kannur SP has given a report to the DGP on the progress of the investigation.

The DGP, after going through the report, would decide whether to hand over the case to the NIA or any other agency. It had not been decided yet whether the case came under NIA’s ambit.

Mr. Radhakrishnan also had words of praise for the investigation into the T.P. Chandrasekharan murder case. “It is the first time in the history of the Kerala Police that charge sheet has been filed in such a short interval in such a high profile case. The State government and the Home ministry have an open mind in nailing the perpetrators. We are not willing to compromise in this matter. There is no opposition to the CBI taking up the second phase of investigations into the case,” he said.