FIR filed against PFI leaders in Jharkhand

The FIR was also lodged against 60 unidentified cadres of the PFI with the Muffasil police station of Pakur district on 25 February

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Pakur (Jharkhand): A named FIR has been lodged against 12 leaders of the banned Popular Front of India (PFI) in Jharkhand on the charges of illegal and anti-national activities, police said today.

The FIR was also lodged against 60 unidentified cadres of the PFI with the Muffasil police station of Pakur district on 25 February.

The FIR followed a police raid on a PFI office in Chandrapada village on 22 February. They seized several flags of the organisation, banners, pamphlets, computers and CDs among other things.

The Jharkhand government banned the organisation on 21 February for its alleged links with terrorist group Islamic State. The State government had said that some members of the group had gone to Syria and worked with the IS.

Among others, the named FIR has been lodged against Abdul Badud, general secretary of the organisation, Abdul Hanan, district secretary, Pakur unit, Habibur Rahman, member of state unit and Shamim Akhtar, secretary of the State unit, they said.

The Popular Front of India is an extremist and militant Islamic fundamentalist organisation in India formed as a successor to National Development Front (NDF) in 2006. It acquired a multi-state dimension by merging with the National Development Front, Manitha Neti Pasarai, Karnataka Forum for Dignity, and other organisations. 

Since its inception, the organisation has been accused of various anti-social and anti-national activities. The allegations include connections with various Islamic terrorist groups, possessing arms, kidnapping, murder, intimidation, hate campaigns, rioting, and various acts of religious extremism, the most infamous among them being the assault on professor TJ Joseph who had set a controversial question paper insulting the Prophet Muhammed. 

In 2012, the Government of Kerala informed the High Court their opinion that the activities of the Popular Front are inimical to the safety of the country and that it is “nothing but a resurrection of the banned outfit SIMI  in another form”, in its argument to ban the organisation’s Indian Independence Day commemoration programme, the “Freedom Parade”. The High Court dismissed the Government’s stand but upheld the ban imposed by the State Government.

PTI

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