On Tuesday, a new round of nationwide raids on establishments affiliated with the Popular Front of India (PFI) began across many states, including New Delhi and Assam, just days after different agencies conducted similar raids and detained over 100 top leaders and functionaries of the Islamic organization.
According to the PTI and other television news outlets, investigating authorities were conducting operations in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and Delhi on Tuesday. Four PFI activists from Maharashtra have been apprehended by police. According to police reports, 30 people were held in Delhi in connection with the PFI crackdown. As many as 25 PFI activists were arrested in Assam, and many more were taken during early Tuesday searches in the Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts of Karnataka.
According to police sources, at least ten people have been held in Gujarat for questioning regarding their connections with PFI. According to State Home Minister Narottam Mishra, the Madhya Pradesh Police have detained 21 people in connection with the Popular Front of India. A senior police officer stated on Tuesday that 57 people were apprehended in searches spanning 26 districts of Uttar Pradesh against the Popular Front of India and its frontal organizations.
An official claimed on Tuesday in Thane, Maharashtra, that police arrested four PFI activists from various locations in the Thane district for alleged anti-national actions. The arrests were made on Monday night in the district after a joint operation conducted by local police and crime branch personnel, according to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Laxmikant Patil. He said that two of the protesters were caught in the town of Mumbra and one each in the towns of Kalyan and Bhiwandi.
According to sources, police nabbed 25 PFI activists in a new crackdown in Assam on Tuesday. PFI leaders were apprehended in Mangaluru, Ullal, Talapady, and other areas in the DK district in Karnataka. Police sources say that the leaders who were arrested have been charged with preventive detention under sections 107 and 151 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
The Udupi district police raided five PFI leaders’ homes and apprehended five of them. According to sources, raids were carried out at Hoode, Gangolli, Byndoor, and Adi Udupi. The detained individuals are from Byndoor and Adi Udupi. The PFI, which was founded in 2006, professes to be a neo-social movement, apparently for the empowerment of India’s marginalized parts, and is frequently accused by law enforcement agencies of propagating radical Islam.
On September 22, in near-simultaneous raids across the country, a multi-agency operation led by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) resulted in the arrest of 106 PFI activists in 15 states for allegedly aiding terror activities in the country. The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) caught 20 PFI members from different parts of the state as part of the multi-agency operations.
The ATS nabbed another PFI volunteer from Nanded in the Marathwada region on Monday. The ATS informed a Mumbai court on Monday that it intended to look into the connections of five of the 20 people arrested last week with organizations such as Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, as well as the electronic evidence. The ATS stated that it discovered literature and a book titled “Who Killed Karkare” by one of the suspects, as well as his laptop and phone.
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