Nearly 100 arrested in NIA’s ‘largest-ever’ raids in 11 states across India

New Delhi, Sep 22 (KMS): As many as 106 activists of the 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 across India.

In the “largest ever investigation till date”, the searches are taking place at the premises of those allegedly involved in terror funding, organising training camps, and radicalising people to join proscribed organisations, they said.

“The raids are taking place at the homes of national, state and local leaders of PFI. The state committee office is also being raided.

In a massive crackdown on PFI, the anti-terror agency carried out raids in ten states, including Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Over 100 top PFI leaders and functionaries have been arrested in the nationwide raids. The raids were carried out by NIA, Enforcement Directorate (ED) and state police in a coordinated move.

“We strongly protest the fascist regime’s moves to use agencies to silence dissenting voices,” the PFI said in a statement.

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