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PFI’s Kolkata office raided, no arrests; NIA sources say dress in Bengal is more for social work than politics

The NIA reached the Kolkata office of PFI in Tiljala area in the early hours and conducted extensive searches on the CRPF personnel from 7 am on Thursday. According to NIA sources, only the local office overseen by Sheikh Mukhtar was searched in the state, but other offices are also under the radar. While electronic gadgets and campaign material were seized in the raid and a PFI worker as well as his brother were questioned, no arrests were made.

PFI in Bengal is more in social aspect than political. NIA sources said that over time, it had changed its strategy in anticipation of getting banned, and was now engaged in organizing protests and events related to social work.

It was one of 93 locations in 15 states searched by the counter-terrorism agency in major government crackdowns against the organization. NIA sources said a massive search was conducted at the Kolkata office. He said that forensic analysis of all the material and electronic components recovered during the raid would be done.

Sources further said that a PFI member Nazrul Islam Mulla and his brother were questioned during the search operation in Kolkata but no arrests were made from the city. The Enforcement Directorate had earlier also searched the office.

“The agencies raided the office without any information. They have not found anything objectionable and raids are being conducted by BJP as political vendetta and till terror charges are proved in court, these allegations have no meaning,” said PFI Kolkata district president Rezaul Karim he said.

PFI presence in Bengal

According to intelligence sources, the PFI held a meeting in Murshidabad, West Bengal in February, where it called for a campaign against the RSS. He said that the PFI has a presence in Bengal since 2007.

Sources further said that the PFI has a presence in various districts of the state but has a strong base in Murshidabad, Malda, Howrah, Basirhat, Kolkata, Cooch Behar and Birbhum.

According to intelligence officials, the PFI mostly held closed-door meetings at the homes of its leaders. Its political wing is the Social Democratic Party of India.

Anticipating further restrictions over time, the PFI changed its strategy and activities and has been holding protest rallies, or other events related to social work, officials said.

The State Committee of PFI was constituted on 1 January 2009 with its headquarters at Bhakuri, Berhampur in Murshidabad district. Its Kolkata office is located on Tiljala Road. The state president of the organization is Dr Minarul SK while its general secretary is Obaidullah Noori SK.

Sources also said that the state administration is keeping a close watch on the organisation. a senior official told News18“It was found that PFI was involved in the anti-CAA agitation of 2019, hence it is clearly monitored.”

Administration sources said that the PFI was now active on social media and had influence in various student unions as well as social work.

Sources said that the PFI in Bengal is more in social aspect than political and fought the 2021 assembly elections from two seats. He said that no other location has been searched except its Kolkata office, but all its other offices in the state are on the radar.

Searches in 15 states, 45 arrests

The NIA conducted coordinated searches with ED and state police forces at 93 locations in 15 states – Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, Bihar, Manipur. and West Bengal.

The agency arrested 45 people as part of investigation in 19 cases related to PFI – 19 from Kerala, 11 from Tamil Nadu, seven from Karnataka, four from Andhra Pradesh, two from Rajasthan and one each from UP and Telangana. During the search, the NIA said that it seized “defamatory” documents, cash, weapons and a large number of digital devices.

Searches were conducted at the homes and offices of top leaders and members of PFI in relation to five cases, which were registered after inputs and evidence that the leaders and cadres of the organization were involved in terrorism and financing of terrorist activities, armed training. They were involved in organizing camps and radicalizing the people. To join banned organizations.

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