NIA, ED detain over 100 PFI activists in joint anti-terror raids in several states | India News

NEW DELHI: The National Investigation Agency and Enforcement Directorate on Thursday morning detained nearly 100 activists of extremist Islamic organisation Popular Front of India, including its top leaders, during nationwide raids carried out in several states.
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The searches were carried out in a joint operation launched by the National Investigation Agency along with Enforcement Directorate and State Police across 10 states. The raids were conducted in Telangana, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and many more states, said sources. Out of the PFI leaders arrested, 22 were picked up in Kerala, 20 each in Maharashtra & Karnataka, 10 in Tamil Nadu, 9 in Assam, 8 in Uttar Pradesh, 5 in Andhra Pradesh, 4 in Madhya Pradesh, 3 each in Delhi & Puducherry & 2 in Rajasthan. Anti-terror searches were conducted at the premises of people allegedly involved in terror funding, organising training camps, and radicalising people to join proscribed organisations. The central probe agency termed the ongoing raids as the “largest ever” investigation process “till date” taking place mainly in South India. The PFI, in a statement, said the “raids are taking place at the homes of its national, state and local leaders. “We strongly protest the fascist regime’s moves to use agencies to silence dissenting voices,” the outfit said in its official statement. In Karnataka, the police later detained PFI and SDPI workers protesting against the NIA raid in Mangaluru. NIA earlier this month also raided 40 places in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh in a PFI case and detained four persons. In the operation, NIA had seized incriminating materials, including digital devices, documents, two daggers and Rs 8,31,500 cash. As per NIA, the accused were “organizing camps for imparting training to commit terrorist acts and to promote enmity between different groups on the basis of religion”. The PFI was launched in Kerala in 2006 after merging three Muslim organizations floated after the Babri Masjid demolition in 1992. These three organisations were National Development Front of Kerala, Karnataka Forum for Dignity and Manitha Neethi Pasari of Tamil Nadu. The PFI describes itself as a neo-social movement committed to empowering people belonging to minority communities, Dalits and other weaker sections of society. (With inputs from agencies)
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