More than 30 alleged PFI activists detained in Delhi

  • | Tuesday | 27th September, 2022

New Delhi, Sep 27 (PTI) Thirty people allegedly associated with the Popular Front of India (PFI) were detained after raids at multiple locations, including Nizamuddin and Shaheen Bagh, here on Tuesday, as part of a crackdown against the outfit, police said. The raids by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police began around 12.30 am on Tuesday and continued till early morning, they said. "We have conducted raids at multiple locations in the national capital, including Shaheen Bagh and Nizamuddin. So, far we have detained 30 people associated with the PFI," a senior police officer said.Delhi Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) Suman Nalwa confirmed that in a "joint, coordinated action" against the PFI, 30 people have been detained so far.According to police, paramilitary forces have been deployed in northeast, central, southeast and Rohini districts of Delhi where the raids were conducted."We have taken preventive measures and deployed paramilitary forces in respective areas of the districts to ensure law and order situation and maintain peace and tranquility in the area. This is taken as a preventive measure to ensure no untoward situation takes place," a senior police official said.The district heads were asked by top officials to assist the Special Cell teams in identifying and locating the people linked with the PFI, the sources said.No case has been registered as the investigation is underway, police said.More than 90 people allegedly linked with the PFI were detained or arrested in similar raids carried out in Assam, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday.The crackdown comes five days after similar pan India searches against the group often accused of being linked to radical Islam.On September 22, multi-agency teams spearheaded by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested 106 leaders and activists of the PFI in 15 states for allegedly supporting terror activities in the country. The NIA is investigating 19 cases involving the PFI.Formed in 2006, the PFI claims to strive for a neo-social movement ostensibly for the empowerment of marginalised sections of India. It is, however, often accused by law enforcement agencies of promoting radical Islam. The organisation was formed in Kerala and is headquartered in Delhi.Following the mega crackdown, the PFI stares at a possible countrywide ban. PTI AMP GJS RHL

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