THESE many PFI leaders arrested in the national crackdown by the NIA

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New Delhi: The Assam Police on Friday arrested one more leader of the People’s Front of India (PFI), it reported.

According to the Additional Director General of Police, this arrested PFI leader has been identified as Dr. Minarul Seikh, who was from West Bengal and was arrested in Delhi.
Seikh is the state president of PFI in West Bengal.

“The person hailing from West Bengal has been arrested in Delhi,” said Assam Police ADGP (Special Branch) Hiren Nath.

The police also informed that so far 11 PFI leaders and workers have been arrested under sections 120B, 124 (A), 153 (A) and 353 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Assam Police arrested 10 PFI leaders

Earlier on Thursday, Assam Police arrested 10 PFI leaders, identified as: Aminul Hoque, Abdul Razzak, Robiul Hussain, Nazrul Islam Bhuyan, Rafiqul Islam, Abu Sama Ahmed, Farhad Ali, Khalilur Rahman, Mufti Rahmatullah and Bazlul Karim for alleged efforts. to encourage communal struggle throughout the state.

According to the Assam Police, the said 10 arrested persons were engaged in whipping up the communal passion and sentiments of the religious minority by criticizing all government policies with communal overtones, which include the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the NRC (National Register of Citizens) and ‘D’-Voter, new state education policy, Livestock Protection Act, an extension of AFSPA, TET exam, Agnipath plan, eviction from encroached government land with the aim of qualifying these government actions as an attack on the Muslim community. .

Using cyberspace to provoke people

Leaders had been using cyberspace extensively to provoke people to challenge the government and to divide society along religious lines and obstruct the implementation of policies. They were provoking people against the government with the aim of spreading distrust among citizens, the police had said.

Notably, the NIA informed that they have registered the case against several PFI leaders under Sections 120 and 153A of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 and Sections 17, 18, 18B, 20, 22B, 38 and 39 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967. The case was registered by the Delhi branch of the NIA.

PFI involved in radicalization

The NIA categorically mentioned in the remand copy of the accused how “pursuant to the conspiracy, they (PFI leaders, officials and others) were involved in radicalization and recruitment of Muslim youth to join outlawed organizations like ISIS.”

The revelations came as the NIA, ED and state police forces on Thursday arrested 106 leaders, cadres and other PFIs during raids across India. The NIA conducted searches at 93 locations in 15 states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, West Bengal, Bihar and Manipur.

Searches were conducted at homes and offices of key PFI leaders

These searches were carried out at the homes and offices of key PFI leaders and members in connection with five cases registered by the NIA following inputs and continued evidence that PFI leaders and cadres were involved in financing the terrorism and terrorist activities, organizing training camps to provide armed training and radicalization of people to join banned organizations.

The NIA initially filed a case based on an FIR dated July 4 at Nizamabad police station, Telangana, against more than 25 PFI cadres, after the Telangana police found that the accused were organizing camps to impart training to commit violent and terrorist acts with the aim of promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion.

The NIA has made 45 arrests in these cases. While 19 accused have been arrested from Kerala, 11 have been arrested from Tamil Nadu, seven from Karnataka, four from Andhra Pradesh, two from Rajasthan and one each from Uttar Pradesh and Telangana.



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