Ban PFI for violence during agitation against CAA, UP police inform the government

NEW DELHI/LUCKNOW: Police have written to the state department of origin to ban the Popular Front of India (PFI), a radical Islamic group with notable outbreaks of influence in western UP and is accused of being behind incidents of violence. and vandalism during the recent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Law.

According to a senior police officer, the UP police, in their communication with the department of origin, noted the strong presence of PFI in selected cities and districts in the west of the UP, particularly Shamli, Meerut and Deoband, and their alleged role in fueling violent violence. CAA protests. The alleged UP chief, Wasim, and other activists have been arrested by UP police in this regard.

In Shamli District alone, 28 people, including 14 PFI members, were arrested for allegedly attempting to incite violence in the name of the anti-CAA agitation. Recently, around 150 people were also placed in preventive custody, according to intelligence data received by the UP Police on the planning of PFI disturbances in the cities of Kairana and Kandhla of Shamli.

We have submitted several case files related to PFI activities in UP to support our request to prohibit clothing under the Illegal Activities (Prevention) Act, a senior UP police officer told TOI.

However, PFI denied on Tuesday the accusations of the state police that link it with violent protests against the CAA and claimed that the proposed ban is an effort to suppress one of the biggest popular upheavals since Independence against the unconstitutional CAA. Only the states ruled by BJP were suppressing the protests, PFI accused the government of bloodbathing and destruction.

In condemning the movement to ban it, PFI said in a statement: “It is nothing more than an act of rescue. The measure against PFI is another authoritarian step by the UP police against democratic activism. ”

The deputy chief minister also told reporters that PFI was allegedly behind large-scale damage to public property and anarchy during protests against the CAA. “Such organizations will not be allowed to prosper. PFI is an embodiment of the banned Islamic Student Movement of India (SIMI), ”he said.

The additional police general director (Kanpur Zone), Prem Prakash, had emphasized an alleged plot by Kerala in the violence of Babupurwa and Yateemkhana. On Tuesday, he told TOI: Some PFI members have been detained for questioning and incriminating and anti-national literature confiscated in Kanpur.

A senior police officer in the police intelligence wing said that all local intelligence units in all districts were asked to share information on the recovery of material from PFI members.

Kerala's alleged link in violence during protests against CAA throughout the state was shared by the UP deputy minister with arrests of PFI members on December 25.

A NIA dossier submitted to the Center in 2017, defending the ban on PFI under the UAPA, described the team's policy of recruiting only committed Muslim youths who regularly follow Islamic principles as radical.

NIA said PFI cadres are encouraged to act as guardians of Islamic values ​​and cited four of the terror cases involving the organization's cadres. These include cutting off the hand of a teacher in the Idukki district of Kerala; holding a training camp in Kannur from where the NIA allegedly confiscated swords, nationally manufactured bombs and ingredients to manufacture FDI; assassination of RSS leader Rudresh in Bangalore on October 16, 2016 and the case of the Al-Hindi Islamic State Module in which young people inspired by the Islamic State of Kerala and Tamil Nadu were recruited to attack prominent people and places in southern India

NIA had claimed that PFI follows a strategy aimed at communalizing Indian politics, enforcing the Taliban brand of Islam, increasing existing social divisions and maintaining a bank of volunteers trained for physical actions. PFI, however, had strongly refuted the accusations made by the agency.

The record also noted that many of the founding leaders of PFI were associated with SIMI before it was banned in 2001. This includes former PFI president EM Abdurahiman, who was SIMI general secretary throughout India in 1980-81 and 1982- 93, PFI national vice president P Koya, who was with SIMI in 1978-79 and the president of SDPI E Aboobacker, who was president of SIMI in the state of Kerala in 1982-84.