PFI: The NIA and other investigation agencies raid PFI members as part of Operation Octopus for allegedly assisting terror operations in the country. On Tuesday, raids were conducted in Delhi, Karnataka, Assam, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Telangana, and Gujarat. The full form of PFI is Popular Front of India.
The Popular Front of India (PFI) and its front organizations was designated as “unlawful associations” by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. This included the Campus Front of India (CFI), the PFI’s student arm (UAPA). The MHA has issued a second directive authorizing states to report illegal activities at PFI and its front organizations’ locations.
What is PFI?
The PFI was founded in 2006 and saw itself as “a non-governmental social organization whose stated objective is to work for the poor and disadvantaged people of the country and to oppose oppression and exploitation.” Its reach grew in the years that followed as other Indian organizations joined it.
The PFI first came to public attention in 2010 when a college lecturer in Kerala was brutally attacked. Some Muslim groups claimed that he had insulted the Prophet Muhammad during a test, which prompted the attack. A court found some of its members guilty of the attack, but the PFI publicly distanced itself from the defendants to protect its image.
The PFI, which is especially powerful in Kerala and Karnataka, claims “hundreds of thousands” of cadre members and is now active in more than 20 Indian states. A Hindu man was recently beheaded in Rajasthan, and members of the organization have been involved.
PFI Banned by the UAPA.
Section 10 of the UAPA makes membership in a terrorist organization illegal by definition. It states that membership in a terrorist organization carries a minimum sentence of two years in prison. Under certain conditions, this punishment could be increased to life in prison or even the death penalty.
Why PFI banned?
In 15 states, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) are in charge. The second wave of raids on Tuesday targeted eight states.
During the raids, an explosives manual and surveillance devices were seized. A number of them listed below.
Links to banned and terrorist organizations
The PFI is said to have connections to terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State and the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).
Bomb-making manuals found.
The instruction manual for making IEDs was among the most damning items discovered during the raids. The booklet, titled “A brief course on “How to build 1ED using commonly available material,” argued that teaching Muslim youth how to make bombs would “empower” them.
To strengthen and empower “victimized” Muslim youth
Disturb the pagans’ well-developed infrastructure (non-Muslim)
To capture the public’s attention in a single blow
To strike fear into the hearts of the unbelievers
Reclaim Muslims’ lost supremacy in the Indian subcontinent
The document went on to explain the materials that would use in the bomb, how to make it at home, and how to maximize the bomb’s effectiveness.
Recovered high-tech communication equipment
Wireless communication devices seized from the home of Barakabdullah, president of the Ramnad West District and state president of the Fisherman Wing of the Social Democratic Party of India, during raids in Valinokkam in the Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu (SDPI).
Lowrance LHR-80 Floating Handheld VHF (GPS) units discovered. This type of instrument is essential for navigating the ocean. According to sources, PFI may have used these devices for money laundering and piracy at sea.
Gazwa-e-Hind and other recovered materials
Agency personnel also retrieved Vision 2047 booklets and CDs, a document containing information on transforming India into an Islamic state by 2047. The paper discovered at the home of PFI Maharashtra’s state president, where it had stored alongside physical education materials.
A large amount of untraceable cash discovered in the homes of PFI leaders in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Furthermore, the UP PFI leadership had the paperwork on “a short course on how to make IEDs, etc. using easily available materials” and flash drives with movies relating to ISIS, Gajwa-e-Hind, and other terrorist organizations retrieved from them.
List of prominent PFI leaders linked to criminal activity
Several top PFI officials have charged with illegal and terrorist acts. OMA Salam, the chairman of PFI, fired from the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB). His overseas trip without proper authorization, as well as his appointment as PFI Chairman while still employed by the government, are both under investigation. During raids, investigators seized M.’s journal. Salam’s close friend Mohammed Ismail. The journal revealed the group’s malicious plot to incite civil unrest within the country.
PFI National Secretary Nazarudheen Ealamaram, according to reports, has filed ten lawsuits against him under various laws.
Koya, a member of the PFI’s National Executive Council, was a committed SIMI leader and Ansar in 1978 and 1979. He was the one who split the Mali community in Rajasthan from the Gujjar community. EM Abdul Rahiman was the All India General Secretary of SIMI in 1984 and associated with the pro-SIMI Karuna Foundation. IHH, a Turkish charity with ties to Al Qaeda, privately welcomed Rahiman and Koya. Anis Ahmed, General Secretary of the PFI, has publicly praised and supported Hamas, a global terrorist organization.