7 December 2022

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PFI & affiliated organizations get banned in India

The notification said that PFI has a concealed objective to radicalize a specific demographic of the society and that the organization exhibits blatant disregard for the country's constitutional authority.

Ankur Chatterjee: After two consequent waves of nationwide raids and the arrest of over 240 members of the Popular Front Of India (PFI) in one week, the Government of India (GoI) last evening banned the group for five years for supposed terrorist activities.

In a government notification, the PFI and its subsidiary fronts were stated to have been designated as “unlawful associations” with immediate effect under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

The government said that PFI is implicated in various criminal and terror cases because of its ties to the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), Jamat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs notification, PFI and its associates or affiliates have engaged in criminal acts that are “disruptive to the integrity, sovereignty, and security of the country” and have the potential to disturb public peace and communal harmony.

The notification said that PFI has a concealed objective to radicalize a specific demographic of the society and that the organization exhibits blatant disregard for the country’s constitutional authority.

“With money and ideological support from outside, it has become a huge threat to the country’s internal security,” the notification continued.

The notification further indicated that PFI members have previously engaged in a number of illegal activities and violent murders in order to create a “rule of terror in the public mind”.

According to the ministry, three states – Karnataka, Gujarat, and Uttar Pradesh – previously had urged that the organization be disbanded.

Offices associated to PFI leaders and officials were raided for the first time on September 22 in a coordinated operation by the National Investigating Agency (NIA), the Enforcement Directorate (ED), and state police, resulting in over 100 arrests.

Yesterday, the organization was subjected to the second round of nationwide crackdown. According to officials, 247 arrests have been made till now.

In addition to PFI, its affiliated organizations – Rehab India Foundation (RIF), Campus Front of India (CF), All India Imams Council (AIIC), National Confederation of Human Rights Organization (NCHRO), National Women’s Front, Junior Front, Empower India Foundation, and Rehab Foundation, Kerala – have been barred from operating.

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