The agencies have reportedly established involvement of PFI and its sister organisation in unlawful activities which are prejudicial to the integrity, sovereignty and security of the country.
New Delhi: Amid ongoing investigation and arrest of hundreds of members of Popular Front of India (PFI) by National Investigation Agency (NIA), the government on Wednesday banned the organisation and its sister organisations for five years. The government’s action was initiated after the investigating agencies reportedly found involvement of these agencies are involved in unlawful activities. According to the report, the central agencies have arrested more than 100 PFI members and have detained over 250 members in the recent past.
Popular Front of India (PFI) and its fronts, Rehab India Foundation (RIF), Campus Front of India (CFI), All India Imams Council (AIIC), National Confederation of Human Rights Organisation (NCHRO), National Women’s Front, Junior Front, Empower India Foundation and Rehab Foundation have been banned by the government in exercise of the powers conferred by sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
The agencies have reportedly established involvement of PFI and its sister organisation in unlawful activities which are prejudicial to the integrity, sovereignty and security of the country. The government has claimed that their activities may have potential to disturb peace and communal harmony and supporting militancy in the country.
During the investigation, it has been found that the PFI members have been repeatedly indulged in violent and subversive acts. Violent acts carried out by PFI members include chopping off the limb of a college professor, cold-blooded murder of persons associated with organisations of other faiths, obtaining explosives to target prominent people and places, among others.
PFI members are also accused in murders of several persons including Sanjith in Kerala, V Ramalingam in Tamil Nadu, Nandu in Kerala, Abhimanyu in Kerala, Bibin in Kerala, Sharath in Karnataka, in R Rudresh in Karnataka, Praveen Pujari in Karnataka, Sasi Kumar in Tamil Nadu and Praveen Nettaru in Karnataka. These people were murdered in last six years.