Main crackdown in opposition to PFI, multi-agency raids throughout 15 states, 106 folks arrested | Prime factors

2022-09-23 00:05:22

Mega crackdown on PFI, 106 leaders and activists arrested
Picture Supply : ANI Mega crackdown on PFI, 106 leaders and activists arrested in NIA’s raids.

PFI below scanner: In a serious crackdown on the Common Entrance of India (PFI), the Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday raided premises linked to PFI in 15 states throughout the nation and arrested a number of high PFI leaders and functionaries. Sharing an inventory of 45 arrested individuals, an NIA official mentioned that the company carried out searches at 93 areas throughout 15 states, together with Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, West Bengal, Bihar and Manipur. Sources mentioned that as many as 300 NIA officers have been pressed into service to hold out the raids throughout India. All the operation was supervised by NIA DG Dinkar Gupta. The NIA has learnt that most of the PFI functionaries arrested on Thursday have been convicted in earlier instances. Round 355 PFI members have already been chargesheeted by the company.

  1. Multi-agency groups spearheaded by the NIA arrested 106 leaders and activists of the unconventional Islamic outfit on Thursday in close to simultaneous raids in 15 states for allegedly supporting terror actions within the nation, officers mentioned.
  2. Kerala, the place the PFI has some robust pockets, accounted for the utmost variety of 22 arrests with its chairman O M A Salam amongst these picked up, officers mentioned, including the countrywide arrests have been a results of a “largest ever” investigation course of in opposition to the outfit “until date”.
  3. Maharashtra and Karnataka accounted for 20 arrests every, Tamil Nadu (10), Assam (9), Uttar Pradesh (8), Andhra Pradesh (5), Madhya Pradesh (4), Puducherry and Delhi (3 every) and Rajasthan (2), they mentioned.
  4. The raids started at 3:30 am and concerned a complete of 300 NIA officers from its varied places of work throughout the nation, they added. The raids sparked an offended response from the PFI which referred to as for a dawn-to-dusk hartal in Kerala on Friday and termed the arrest of its leaders as part of “state-sponsored terrorism”.
  5. Following the mega crackdown, the PFI stares at a attainable countrywide ban. The PFI, fashioned in 2006, claims to try for a neo-social motion ostensibly for the empowerment of marginalised sections of India, and is usually accused by regulation enforcement companies of selling radical Islam. Through the searches, officers mentioned incriminating paperwork and sharp edged weapons have been discovered and a lot of digital units additionally seized.
  6. The places of work of the highest brass of the PFI and members have been searched in reference to 5 instances registered by the NIA following continued inputs and proof in opposition to the leaders and cadres for his or her alleged involvement in funding of terrorism and terrorist actions, organising coaching camps for offering armed coaching and radicalising folks to affix banned organisations, they mentioned.
  7. The 106 arrests have been made individually by companies concerned within the operation, with the NIA alone accounting for 45 of them as a part of probe in 5 instances. As on date, the NIA is investigating a complete of 19 instances involving the PFI. As many as 19 accused have been arrested by the NIA from Kerala, 11 from Tamil Nadu, 7 from Karnataka, 4 from AP, 2 from Rajasthan, and 1 every from UP and Telangana, the company mentioned in an announcement.
  8. Officers mentioned prison and violent acts allegedly carried out by the PFI over a time frame — such because the chopping off the hand of a school professor in Kerala in 2010, cold-blooded killings of individuals linked with organisations espousing different faiths, assortment of explosives to focus on outstanding folks and locations, help to Islamic State and destruction of public property — have had a demonstrative impact of hanging terror within the minds of the residents.
  9. Because the raids, which started within the early hours of Thursday continued, Union Residence Minister Amit Shah held a gathering of high officers, together with Nationwide Safety Advisor Ajit Doval, throughout which they’re believed to have mentioned the searches at premises linked to the PFI and motion in opposition to terror suspects.
  10. In addition to Doval, the assembly was attended by Union Residence Secretary Ajay Bhalla, NIA Director Normal Dinkar Gupta and different high officers. The PFI mentioned the raids are happening on the houses of nationwide, state and native leaders of the outfit and that the state committee workplace in Kerala can be being raided. “We strongly protest the fascist regime’s strikes to make use of companies to silence dissenting voices,” it mentioned in an announcement.
  11. A hartal shall be noticed in Kerala on September 23 in opposition to the “RSS-controlled authorities’s try and silence dissenting voices utilizing the central companies,” A Abdul Sathar, PFI’s state normal secretary, mentioned. Nonetheless, the Kerala unit of the BJP termed the proposed hartal as “pointless” and urged the state authorities to take stringent motion in opposition to these concerned on this motion.
  12. Alleging that each one the earlier hartals referred to as by the PFI had resulted in riots, BJP state chief Ok Surendran mentioned the state authorities must be prepared to make sure sufficient safety for folks’s life and property.
  13. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, who’s on a ‘Bharat-jodo’ yatra, mentioned “all types of communalism regardless the place they arrive from must be combated.”
  14. The ED has been investigating the PFI’s alleged “monetary hyperlinks” in reference to expenses of fuelling the anti-Citizenship (Modification) Act protests within the nation, the 2020 Delhi riots, alleged conspiracy in Hathras in Uttar Pradesh over alleged gang-rape and demise of a Dalit lady, and some different incidents. The probe company has filed two cost sheets in opposition to the PFI and its office-bearers earlier than a particular PMLA courtroom in Lucknow.
  15. In Maharashtra, the Anti-Terrorism Squad(ATS) arrested 20 activists of the PFI through the raids performed in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Aurangabad, Pune, Kolhapur, Beed, Parbhani, Nanded, Malegaon (in Nashik district) and Jalgaon, an official mentioned. 

(With inputs from PTI, IANS)

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