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Wednesday, 07 December 2022 6.24 AM IST

Warnings by investigating agencies on what could happen to country if not banned now awakened Centre, reasons behind ban


NEW DELHI: The order of the central government banning the Popular Front of India (PFI) and their feeder organizations was issued Wednesday morning. The centre banned the organization on the whole following nationwide raids and arrests conducted by the NIA recently. 106 leaders were arrested after an investigation and 247 people were taken into custody by the central agencies.

The main reason for banning the Popular Front of India is that the organization was indulged in illegal activities that are detrimental to the integrity, sovereignty and security of the country. The ban was imposed for five years on the finding that there was a possibility of disturbing the peace and communal harmony of the society and fostering terrorism in the country.

The investigation found evidence that some of the founding members of the Campus Front of India were leaders of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and that the organization had links with the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB). The ban came after the Centre gathered in-depth information about the illegal activities of PFI. The Centre also has various evidences about the organization's unlawful activities. They are as follows.

1) The Popular Front of India poses a major threat to the country's internal security due to its financial and ideological support from organizations abroad. The organisation involved in many criminal and terrorist cases, shows complete disrespect to the country's constitutional authority.

2. Investigations in various cases revealed that the Popular Front of India and its cadres were repeatedly engaged in violent and subversive acts. In this, the incident of chopping off the hand of a college professor in Kerala, killing people associated with other religious organizations, acquiring explosives targeting prominent persons and places etc. are pointed out as violent acts carried out by PFI members.

3. Many acts of terrorism and murders have been committed. The cadres are involved in the murder of several persons including Sanjith (Kerala, November 2021), V Ramalingam, (Tamil Nadu, 2019), Nandu, (Kerala, 2021), Abhimanyu (Kerala, 2018), Bibin (Kerala, 2017), Sharath (Karnataka, 2017), R Rudresh (Karnataka, 2016), Praveen Pujari (Karnataka, 2016), Sashi Kumar (Tamil Nadu, 2016) and Praveen Nettaru (Karnataka, 2022). The PFI deal with criminal activities and brutal murders with the aim of disturbing public peace and creating a reign of terror in the public mind.

4. Popular Front of India has links with some joining Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Links with those involved in terrorist activities in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Also have links with banned terrorist organization Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh.

5. Raised funds through banking channels from within and outside India. These funds are pooled through multiple accounts and considered legitimate. This money is used to carry out various criminal, illegal and terrorist activities in India.

6. The Income Tax Department cancelled the registration granted to the PFI under the relevant sections of the Income Tax Act. The Income Tax Department also cancelled the registration granted to Rehab India Foundation.

7. State governments of Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Gujarat recommended the ban of PFI.

Why banning PFI?
The centre said that if the Popular Front of India and its feeder organizations are not banned immediately, the organization will use the opportunity to indulge in illegal activities. The ban was imposed anticipating that the organization might indulge in these activities.

1. Continuing its subversive activities, thereby disrupting public order and undermining the constitutional system of the country.

2. Promoting and enforcing a regime based on terror.

3. To spread anti-national sentiments and target a particular section of the society with the intention of creating discontent against the country.

4. Will commit acts harmful to the integrity, security and sovereignty of the country.

Why were feeder organisations banned?
Some members of PFI were found to be members of Campus Front of India (CFI), E-EMPower India Foundation and Kerala Rehab Foundation, the notification of government said. The activities of Junior Front, All India Imams Council (AIIC), National Confederation of Human Rights Organization (NCHRO) and National Women's Front were also coordinated by the PFI leaders. This is the reason for banning feeder organizations.

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