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Established in 2006 for social work, the organization has a long history of controversies. However, the recent action against the organization is being considered as the biggest action till date. Read here 10 big things related to the action of organizations and agencies …

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TV9 Bharatvarsh

TV9 Bharatvarsh | Edited By: M. Nuruddin

Sep 22, 2022 | 5:56 pm

Radical organization of central agency NIA and ED Popular Front of India From a sudden joint raid, it is believed that large-scale action is going to be taken against the organization. For example, the demand to ban this organization has been continuously rising. Established in 2006 for social work, the organization has a long history of controversies. However, the recent action against the organization is being considered as the biggest action till date. Read here 10 big things related to the action of organizations and agencies…

  1. After 16 years, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday raided the premises of PFI and more than 100 of its leaders in 11 states. The agencies have also detained several of its activists for alleged terrorist activities, including the organization’s chairman OMA Salam. Meanwhile, the organization accused the central government of using agencies to “fascist rule” and “silencing dissenters”.
  2. The PFI has announced a nationwide protest on Friday against the action of central agencies. Activists of PFI also demonstrated in Kerala amid the raids of agencies and termed the action taken against the organization as “State Sponsored Terrorism”. A statement issued by the organization said that “a strike will be held in the state on September 23 against the RSS-controlled fascist government’s efforts to suppress the voice of dissent.”
  3. According to the statement, the strike will continue from 6 am to 6 pm. On Thursday, as soon as the news of the raids was received, PFI workers took out a march at the places where the officers of the agencies were conducting raids and also raised slogans against the Center and its investigating agencies. However, keeping in mind the security, central security forces were already deployed at all such places.
  4. Joint raids by central agencies on the premises of Popular Front of India (PFI) and more than 100 of its top leaders are the result of the organization’s activities over the years. The radical organization was on the radar of the NIA for the last two years, where its workers are accused of being involved in terrorist activities. At the same time, the NIA was also investigating about the suspicious funding pattern of the organization. As a result of this, the central agencies (NIA and ED) carried out a joint operation against the organization.
  5. Significantly, many analysts have pointed to the roots of the PFI in the NDF, a radical Islamist organization that was formed in 1993, a year after the demolition of the Babri Masjid. The activities of the NDF, founded by former leaders of the banned organization Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), came to the fore after the communal riots in Kozhikode district in 2002 and 2003, in which two people were killed.
  6. Though the PFI was formed with the aim of trying for the socio-economic upliftment of Muslims in the country, the organization soon came under the radar of various state and central agencies for all the wrong reasons, especially after the 2010 incident. The activists of the organization had chopped off the hand of a college professor, who had allegedly set the question papers, alleging that he had hurt religious sentiments through the question paper.
  7. PFI claims to be a neo-social movement for the empowerment of the underprivileged sections of India. However, investigative agencies have often accused this organization of promoting radical Islam. PFI has several affiliates, including its political wing Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), student wing Campus Front of India, National Women’s Front, a non-governmental organization called Rehab India Foundation and a think tank called Empower India Foundation. Is.
  8. Several activists of the PFI and its affiliates were also arrested in recent months for the murder of RSS-BJP leaders in Kerala. Central agencies like ED and Income Tax Department are already probing the fund raising activities of PFI. Despite being blamed for all these reasons, the PFI, through its Empower India Foundation, continues its focus on its mission of upliftment of the Muslim community. This organization has put out a project document for 2047, which is often discussed in the media.
  9. Its leaders say that the idea is to set a vision and prepare a long-term action plan to empower the country and the Muslim community by the time India celebrates 100 years of independence. It had organized several national events in different states and several simultaneous events in the city as part of the preparation for the project.
  10. Leaders of three like-minded organizations from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka sat together in 2006 to discuss the need to form a pan-India organization to empower the Muslim community in view of their social, economic and political backwardness.
  11. Based on the decision taken in the meeting held at Manjeri in Malappuram district of Kerala, leaders of the National Development Front (NDF) of Kerala, Manitha Neeti Pasarai of Tamil Nadu and the Karnataka Forum for Dignity gathered in Bengaluru a few months later and called for the merger of the three organisations. Announced, after which the Popular Front of India (PFI) emerged.

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