Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, on Saturday, alleged that the Popular Front of India (PFI), whose members were allegedly involved in an attack on Newman College professor T.J. Joseph in Thodupuzha recently, is trying to make Kerala a Muslim State in the next 20 years and is supplying money and weapons to the youth.
The front is even encouraging youth from other communities to convert to Islam and persuading them to marry Muslim girls so as to increase the Muslim population, the Chief Minister told presspersons.
Mr. Achuthanandan, who was here to participate in a National Development Council meeting, said the State police would continue its crackdown on the PFI and was closely watching its activities. The radical organisation was trying to attain a clean image by organising freedom parades on Independence Day. The Collectors of various districts had banned such parades. The judiciary and the legislature should work jointly to thwart the designs of the outfit.
He said the real intention of the PFI came out during the police investigation into the case in which the palm of Prof. Joseph were chopped off. There was some headway in the probe, he said.
The PFI even had plans to contest the Assembly polls in the State next year, he alleged.
On the controversy involving the Left Democratic Front government vis-à-vis a ban on roadside meetings issued by the Kerala High Court, he said the State government was not in a fighting mood with the courts. “We respect the judiciary,” he said.