After 240 arrests of PFI members during both the first and second rounds of raids across the Nation in a week, at last, the Centre had to ban the organisation. Last evening Centre banned PFI or the Public Front of India for five years due to terror links.
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As per the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), PFI and its linked organisations are banned and declared an “Unlawful Association”, to said Government. The Centre has asserted that the organisation has links with “Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Islamic State or ISIS” and said that it has been involved in several criminal and terror activities.
“With funds and ideological support from outside, it has become a major threat to the internal security of the country”, said the Home Ministry in the issued order.
According to the Home Ministry, the PFI has been involved in violent cases like, “chopping off limbs of a college professor, cold-blooded killings of persons associated with organisations espousing other faiths and obtaining explosives to target prominent people and places”.
“Several criminal activities and brutal murders have been committed by PFI members over the past to create a reign of terror in the public mind,” further added.
As per Home Ministry, PFI acts were unlawfully “prejudicial to the integrity, sovereignty and security of the country” and they are capable of disrupting public peace and “communal harmony.”
The now-banned organisation has been “pursuing a secret agenda to radicalise a particular section of the society”, asserted the Ministry. Further added, that PFI exhibits “sheer disrespect towards the constitutional authority of the country”.
The ban was recommended by three states that include Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Karnataka, the Ministry said.
“PFI leaders and functionaries across 15 states were first raided on September 22, in a coordinated move by National Investigation Agency (NIA), Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the state police, leading to over 100 arrests. The second round of nationwide crackdown on the organisation was carried out yesterday. A total of 247 arrests have been made so far” asserted Officials.
Along with PFI, its associate organisations were also banned which includes, including “Rehab India Foundation (RIF), Campus Front of India (CF), All India Imams Council (AIIC), National Confederation of Human Rights Organisation (NCHRO), National Women’s Front, Junior Front, Empower India Foundation and Rehab Foundation, Kerala”.
The relationship of “hub and spoke” has been determined through an investigation between PFI and its affiliates, as per the Ministry. The government added that it acts as “the hub and utilises the mass outreach and fund-raising capacity of its associates to strengthen its capability.”