KERALA

PFI expanding operations: Andhra DGP

The Popular Front of India (PFI) is trying to expand operations in Andhra Pradesh (AP), Director-General of Police (DGP) R.R. Girish Kumar said at a meeting of the Directors General of southern States in Hyderabad on Wednesday.

The PFI appeared to be active in AP as some groups had tried to spread communal messages through posters before the recently concluded Bonalu festival in the city. They had also staged dharnas in Nellore and Kurnool, Mr. Kumar said.

Efforts to stick posters could be the beginning of the group's work in the State. PFI had a long history in Kerala. The meeting helped in sharing information about the origin and designs of the group. Kerala DGP Jacob Punnoose had assured full cooperation in this regard, Mr. Kumar told mediapersons on the sidelines of the meeting.

“We are well prepared to handle such issues,” he said.

Mr. Punnoose said the Kerala police was monitoring the activities of the PFI and investigations were on into its alleged links with other extremist organisations.

Several criminal cases had been registered against the members of the organisation said to be behind the chopping off of the palm of a college teacher recently. Fifteen PFI activists were arrested in this connection.

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