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Nationwide crackdown on PFI, 106 arrested 

By PTI

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In 2006, leaders of three like-minded outfits from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka sat collectively and mentioned the necessity for forming a pan-India organisation for empowering the Muslim group from their socio, financial and political backwardness.

On the premise of the choice arrived on the assembly held at Manjeri in Kerala’s Malappuram district, leaders of the National Development Front (NDF) in Kerala, Manitha Neethi Pasarai in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka Forum for Dignity assembled at Bengaluru few months later and introduced the merger of the three outfits, resulting in the emergence of the Popular Front of India (PFI).

Sixteen years later, on Thursday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) swooped down on PFI activists in 11 states and picked a lot of them up for his or her alleged terror-related actions following raids, described by officers because the “largest ever” such train.

The outfit protested the “fascist regime’s move to use agencies to silence dissenting voices.”

The PFI claims to try for a neo-social motion ostensibly for the empowerment of marginalised sections of India.

It is, nonetheless, usually accused by regulation enforcement businesses of selling radical Islam.

After its delivery in 2006, PFI quickly expanded its operations in different states in north, west and east and northeastern elements of the nation.

It additional unfold its wings after the merger of assorted social organisations with it.

The PFI now has numerous allied organisations together with its political arm Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), the coed wing Campus Front of India, National Women’s Front, an NGO known as Rehab India Foundation and a assume tank known as Empower India Foundation.

Several analysts have traced the roots of the PFI to the NDF, a radical Islamic outfit which was shaped in 1993, in response to the demolition of the Babri Masjid a 12 months in the past.

Founded by former leaders of the banned outfit Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), the actions of the NDF had been broadly mentioned in Kerala following communal riots in Kozhikode district in 2002 and 2003 which noticed killings of individuals belonging to 2 communities.

Although the PFI was shaped with an goal to work for the socio-economic development of Muslims within the nation, the outfit quickly got here beneath the radar of assorted state and central businesses for all of the flawed causes, notably after the 2010 incident of chopping off the hand of a faculty professor in Kerala for allegedly hurting spiritual sentiments via a query paper he had set.

Several activists linked with the PFI had been arrested in reference to the 2011 incident that was condemned by all democratic forces within the nation.

Rooted in anti-Sangh Parivar ideology, the outfit was blamed for violence throughout numerous protests organised by minority communities within the nation towards the BJP authorities on the centre notably throughout the agitations towards the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).

The outfit additionally got here beneath the scrutiny of assorted businesses in reference to the alleged “Love Jihad” incidents in Kerala, pressured conversion of individuals belonging to different faiths and disappearance of some folks from the state to affix the Islamic State in Afghanistan and Syria.

The activists of PFI and its allied organisations had been additionally arrested for the killings of RSS-BJP leaders in Kerala in current months.

The fundraising actions of the PFI are additionally being investigated by central businesses just like the ED and Income Tax Department.

The leaders of PFI allegedly journey to the Middle East nations for elevating funds for the actions of the organisation as a lot of their supporters from South India are working in that area.

The donations acquired by the outfit had been investigated by the central businesses.

The Kerala authorities had banned the liberty parades organised by the PFI on Independence Day yearly via the chosen areas of the southern state.

Despite being blamed for all these causes, the PFI, nonetheless, continued its give attention to its mission of upliftment of Muslim group via its Empower India Foundation which has come out with a challenge doc for 2047.

Its leaders have mentioned the thought is to set a imaginative and prescient and put together a long-term motion plan for empowering the nation and the Muslim group when India celebrates 100 years of its independence.

It had organised a number of nationwide seminars and metropolis get-together programmes in numerous states as a part of the challenge preparation.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In 2006, leaders of three like-minded outfits from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka sat collectively and mentioned the necessity for forming a pan-India organisation for empowering the Muslim group from their socio, financial and political backwardness.

On the premise of the choice arrived on the assembly held at Manjeri in Kerala’s Malappuram district, leaders of the National Development Front (NDF) in Kerala, Manitha Neethi Pasarai in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka Forum for Dignity assembled at Bengaluru few months later and introduced the merger of the three outfits, resulting in the emergence of the Popular Front of India (PFI).

Sixteen years later, on Thursday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) swooped down on PFI activists in 11 states and picked a lot of them up for his or her alleged terror-related actions following raids, described by officers because the “largest ever” such train.

The outfit protested the “fascist regime’s move to use agencies to silence dissenting voices.”

The PFI claims to try for a neo-social motion ostensibly for the empowerment of marginalised sections of India.

It is, nonetheless, usually accused by regulation enforcement businesses of selling radical Islam.

After its delivery in 2006, PFI quickly expanded its operations in different states in north, west and east and northeastern elements of the nation.

It additional unfold its wings after the merger of assorted social organisations with it.

The PFI now has numerous allied organisations together with its political arm Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), the coed wing Campus Front of India, National Women’s Front, an NGO known as Rehab India Foundation and a assume tank known as Empower India Foundation.

Several analysts have traced the roots of the PFI to the NDF, a radical Islamic outfit which was shaped in 1993, in response to the demolition of the Babri Masjid a 12 months in the past.

Founded by former leaders of the banned outfit Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), the actions of the NDF had been broadly mentioned in Kerala following communal riots in Kozhikode district in 2002 and 2003 which noticed killings of individuals belonging to 2 communities.

Although the PFI was shaped with an goal to work for the socio-economic development of Muslims within the nation, the outfit quickly got here beneath the radar of assorted state and central businesses for all of the flawed causes, notably after the 2010 incident of chopping off the hand of a faculty professor in Kerala for allegedly hurting spiritual sentiments via a query paper he had set.

Several activists linked with the PFI had been arrested in reference to the 2011 incident that was condemned by all democratic forces within the nation.

Rooted in anti-Sangh Parivar ideology, the outfit was blamed for violence throughout numerous protests organised by minority communities within the nation towards the BJP authorities on the centre notably throughout the agitations towards the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).

The outfit additionally got here beneath the scrutiny of assorted businesses in reference to the alleged “Love Jihad” incidents in Kerala, pressured conversion of individuals belonging to different faiths and disappearance of some folks from the state to affix the Islamic State in Afghanistan and Syria.

The activists of PFI and its allied organisations had been additionally arrested for the killings of RSS-BJP leaders in Kerala in current months.

The fundraising actions of the PFI are additionally being investigated by central businesses just like the ED and Income Tax Department.

The leaders of PFI allegedly journey to the Middle East nations for elevating funds for the actions of the organisation as a lot of their supporters from South India are working in that area.

The donations acquired by the outfit had been investigated by the central businesses.

The Kerala authorities had banned the liberty parades organised by the PFI on Independence Day yearly via the chosen areas of the southern state.

Despite being blamed for all these causes, the PFI, nonetheless, continued its give attention to its mission of upliftment of Muslim group via its Empower India Foundation which has come out with a challenge doc for 2047.

Its leaders have mentioned the thought is to set a imaginative and prescient and put together a long-term motion plan for empowering the nation and the Muslim group when India celebrates 100 years of its independence.

It had organised a number of nationwide seminars and metropolis get-together programmes in numerous states as a part of the challenge preparation.