Launching a multi-agency operation led by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), law enforcement agencies conducted searches across the country on Thursday and arrested 106 workers. of Popular front of India (PFI), including its President OMA Salam, for alleged support to me terror activities.
Officials said the inspections were conducted almost simultaneously in 15 states by the NIA, Directorate of Enforcement and State Police Forces.
Of the 106 detainees, the National Intelligence Agency held at least 45. 18 of 45, including Salam, have been introduced in Various police stations of Delhi. These eighteen appeared before the Petila House Court, which sent them into police custody for four days.
The sources said the National Intelligence Agency wants to interrogate the 18 on Their leaders, details of money Pass Buildings, recovery of Weapons and explosives.
Sources said 93 locations inspected in 15 countries – 39 locations in Kerala, 16 in Tamil Nadu, 12 in Karnataka, 7 in Andhra Pradesh, 4 each in Rajasthan and Maharashtra, 2 each in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, 1 each in Telangana, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, West Bengal, Bihar and Manipur.
The National Intelligence Agency said in a statement: “These searches were carried out in homes and offices of Senior leaders and members of the PFI in Connection with Five cases registered by the NIA after continued input and evidence implicating PFI leaders and cadres in Finance of Terrorism, terrorist activities and the organization of training camps for Providing armed training and extremism people to me join banned organisations.
Sources said that search warrants were issued on September 20, the National Intelligence Agency investigates over Dozens of PFI-related cases.
The National Intelligence Agency said in a statement that a large number of of criminal Cases have been registered by different countries over The last a few years against PFI and its leaders and members for Share them in Many acts of violence.
#Watch | in contact with achieved in anti-terror Activities, NIA on Thursday Searches are conducted in 10 places across Bengaluru and other parts of Karnataka Including Accommodation of PFI Head of State Nazir Pasha.
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“Committing criminal acts of violence” out By PFI like shredding off Hand of College professor, cold-blooded murder of Associated people with Organizations professing other religions, attainment of Explosives to target prominent people and places, support The Islamic State and Destruction of public property had a demonstration effect of Stupendous terror in brains of citizens.”
(The PTI report stated that a file maximum number of The arrests were made in Kerala (22) is followed by Maharashtra and Karnataka (20 each), Tamil Nadu (10), Assam (9), Uttar Pradesh (8), Andhra Pradesh (5), Madhya Pradesh (4), Puducherry and Delhi (3 each). and Rajasthan (2).
The agency quoted officials as saying that Federal Interior Minister Amit Shah held a meeting during which they discussed the headquarters of the International Agency for Health and Labor. against terror It was said that the suspects were discussed.
National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Union Home Minister Ajay Bhala and Director General of the National Intelligence Agency Dinkar Gupta were among the top officials. who attended the meeting.)
In a statement, PFI, which is often accused by law enforcement agencies of Promoting radical Islam, he said: “The raids are taking place place In the homes of national and state leaders of PFI. State Committee office he is also raid.” She criticized government’s “move to me use Agencies to Silence Dissenting Voices”.
Sources from the National Intelligence Agency in Karnataka state that the searches were conducted in the residences of PFI State President Nazir Pasha, secretary Afzar Pasha, commanders A. K. Ashraf, Sharif Bajbe, Nawaz Kafour and many more PFI offices.
Shortly after the inspections, several PFI workers staged a protest, accusing the National Intelligence Agency of Being a tool to discredit the PFI. Searches have been performed in Bengaluru, Shivamoja, Mangaluru and other parts of Karnataka.
Talking to media Abu Bakr Kulai leader of Democratic Socialist Party of India (SDPI) in Mangaluru said, “The National Intelligence Agency officials came with Note for PFI Inspection office. I told them it was SDPI officenot that of PFI. They said they had permission to search two floors of The building He asked us to cooperate. that they took Some documents such as a copy of the lease contract, photos of Few programs organized by SDPI. “
In Lucknow, the National Intelligence Agency arrested 45-yearWaseem Ahmed Rais of PFI in above.
In Hyderabad, PFI office The Chandrayan Gutta was inspected and sealed by the NIA. Agency took remote computers, hard discs and documents. searches were also conducted in homes and offices in LB Nagar and Uppal, belong to people allegedly sympathetic to the PFI.
Last week, the National Intelligence Agency conducted searches in Karimnagar at home of PFI activists. searches were also conducted Thursday in Cornwall of Andhra Pradesh.
In Maharashtra, the Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) conducted searches in 12 places including Pune and Mumbai and arrested 20 people Associated with PFI.
Agency sources said that the inspections took place in Aurangabad, Pune, Kolhapur, Beed, Parbhani, Nanded Jalgaon, Jalna, Malegaon, Navi Mumbai, Thane and Mumbai.
Four crimes were recorded in Mumbai, Nashik, Aurangabad and Nanded under Indian Penal Code Sections 153a, 121a, 109, 120b, Section 13-1b of the Indian Penal Code for indulgence in Illegal activities, promoting hostility between communities and for They plot to start a war against the state. So far, 20 people Connected with PFI has been arrested. investigation underway on,” a senior said the ATS officer.
When asked whether the ATS procedure was in Coordination with Maharashtra ATS chief Vineet Agarwal, NIA and ED said, “We are conducting our own investigation and the work is in This connection. “
Five people were produced before a special court in Mumbai Thursday evening. ATS sought guardianship over them for 14 days, claiming their involvement in Spread sectarian hatred and they pose a threat to national Integrity through their activities. Special judge grants A.M. Patel custody of ATS of the five men Until September 26, noting that the crime is serious and relates to illegal activity and rebellion.
At the press conference, Muhammad Qais Anwar Sheikh, President of the Pune region of PFI, I got to know the two arrested people from Bonnie, Razi Khan, former Maharashtra general secretary of and PFI and Abdul Gayoom, Vice President of Pune District Unit and IT Specialist.
“Razi Khan was transferred to Nashik while Abdul Gayoom was transferred to Mumbai. We in the operation of “Provide them with legal representation,” the sheikh said.
These raids are illegal and unconstitutional. we owe arrest of PFI national Members of the Executive Council and the Governmental Unit… Below false terror charges, members of Such organizations are framed and ruin their lives by keeping them behind bars for Years. PFI will hold protests in Pune on Friday to condemn the work.”
– With ENS from Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Lucknow