Over 170 PFI activists detained across India

Searches were conducted by police teams in seven States and a Union Territory

September 27, 2022 02:19 pm | Updated September 28, 2022 10:21 am IST - New Delhi:

Popular Front of India (PFI) members after being produced before court following a nationwide raid spearheaded by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Kochi, on Saturday, September 24, 2022. File

Popular Front of India (PFI) members after being produced before court following a nationwide raid spearheaded by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Kochi, on Saturday, September 24, 2022. File | Photo Credit: PTI

Simultaneous searches were conducted by police teams at multiple locations in seven States and a Union Territory on Tuesday during the second round of crackdown on Popular Front of India (PFI) leaders and activists. Over 170 suspects have been either arrested or detained.

The searches were carried out in Assam, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, Delhi and Karnataka based on intelligence inputs and the information gathered during the first National Investigation Agency-led (NIA) clamp down on 15 States on September 22. During the previous operation, 109 accused persons were arrested.

Also read: Violent front: On the Popular Front of India

On Tuesday, about 25 PFI activists were arrested from different parts of Assam, while 25 were held from Maharashtra’s Aurangabad, Thane, Nanded, Parbhani, Malegaon and Amravati. Various wings of the Uttar Pradesh Police took into custody over 55 people following raids in 26 districts. The police in Madhya Pradesh detained 21 people from Bhopal, Ujjain, Indore, Neemuch and other parts of the State; and 10 were detained in Gujarat for questioning.

In Kerala’s Palakkad, the police searched the PFI offices and the houses of its leaders and functionaries at Kalmandapam, Chadanamkurissi, BOC Road, and Sanghuvarathodu. The houses of some Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) leaders were also covered. The police in Mananthavady (Kalpetta) seized swords from a tyre shop allegedly belonging to a PFI activist, who is yet to be traced.

The Delhi Police detained 30 persons from various places. Some more detentions were reported from Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada and Udupi.

Also Read | Popular Front of India | Faith and politics 

The NIA and the other probe agencies have taken into custody a large number of the accused persons arrested on September 22 for interrogation. The NIA had searched 93 locations and arrested 45 PFI leaders and activists in connection with five cases registered following inputs and evidence that they were allegedly involved in terror funding/activities, organising training camps for providing armed training and radicalising people to join banned organisations. Most of the arrests, 19, were made in Kerala, followed by 11 in Tamil Nadu and seven in Karnataka.

(With inputs from different bureaus and PTI)

Top News Today

Comments

Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.