New Delhi, September 22 (KMS): As many as 106 activists of the Indian Muslim group, Popular Front Popular Front of India (PFI), were arrested on Thursday in early morning raids by multi-agencies led by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), covering around 11 states, for purported charges of supporting terror activities.
In a massive crackdown on PFI, the NIA carried out raids in ten states, including Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
The raids are taking place at the homes of national, state and local leaders of PFI. The state committee office is also being raided.
Over 100 top PFI leaders and functionaries have been arrested in the India-wide raids. The raids were carried out by NIA, Enforcement Directorate (ED) and state police.
“We strongly protest the fascist regime’s moves to use agencies to silence dissenting voices,” the PFI said in a statement.
The Popular Front condemned the raids and the unjust arrest, harassment” and the witch-hunting against the members, and supporters of the organization.
The NIA on Sunday raided 38 locations across Telangana. Searches were conducted at 23 locations in Nizamabad, four in Hyderabad, seven in Jagityal, two in Nirmal, and one each in Adilabad and Karimnagar. Searches were also held in one location each in Kurnool and Nellore districts of Andhra Pradesh.
“These raids are part of the ongoing harassment against the members of the organization in the states. In July, Telangana Police summoned the martial arts master Abdul Khader under the pretext of questioning. Later, he and two other innocents were arrested in a false case,” said PFI national secretary, VP Nasarudheen Elamaram.