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Center declares PFI an ‘unlawful association’ for 5 years (PTI photo)

New Delhi: The Central Government on Tuesday declared the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its affiliates or affiliates or fronts an unlawful association with immediate effect for a period of five years.

“The PFI and its affiliates or affiliates or fronts operate openly as a socio-economic, educational and political organization, but, they work towards undermining the concept of democracy to radicalize a particular section of the society. are pursuing a secret agenda to create and show sheer disrespect towards them. constitutional authority and the constitutional framework of the country,” the government notification said.

The notification said that the PFI and its affiliates or allies or fronts indulge in unlawful activities which are prejudicial to the integrity, sovereignty and security of the country and have the potential to disturb the public peace and communal harmony of the country and support terrorism. Huh. Country.

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It further said that some of the founding members of the PFI are leaders of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and that the PFI has links with Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), both of which are banned organisations.

There are many examples of PFI’s international ties with global terrorist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS); The notification said that the PFI and its allies or allies or fronts are working covertly to increase the radicalization of a community by promoting a sense of insecurity in the country, which is confirmed by the fact that some PFI cadres are international. have joined terrorist organizations.

“In view of the above circumstances, the Central Government is of the firm opinion that it is necessary to declare the PFI and its affiliates or affiliates or fronts as an unlawful association with immediate effect, and accordingly, in exercise of the powers conferred by the said Act. By proviso to sub-section (3) of section 3, the Central Government hereby directs that this notification shall, subject to any order made under section 4 of the said Act, have effect for a period. Five years from the date of its publication,” it said.

The National Investigation Agency, Enforcement Directorate and state police forces jointly coordinated searches at homes and offices of PFI leaders and members across India. Searches were conducted at 93 locations in 15 states of India in which more than 100 activists of Popular Front of India (PFI) were arrested.

The states where the raids were carried out are Andhra Pradesh (4 places), Telangana (1), Delhi (19), Kerala (11), Karnataka (8), Tamil Nadu (3), Uttar Pradesh (1), Rajasthan (2 places) Are included. ), Hyderabad (5), Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, West Bengal, Bihar and Manipur.

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The searches were conducted in relation to five cases registered by the NIA after “constant inputs and evidence” that PFI leaders and cadres were involved in financing terrorism and terrorist activities, conducting training camps to provide armed training and restricting people. radicalized to join. organization.

Over the years, a large number of criminal cases were registered against the PFI and its leaders and members in various states for their involvement in several violent acts. PFI was launched in 2006 in Kerala.

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