Chandigarh: Office bearers, members and cadres of Popular Front of India (PFI) along with others for recruiting Muslim youth in banned organizations like ISIS. were involved in the work The National Investigation Agency (NIA) made the claim on Thursday while seeking the remand of the accused arrested in its first mega operation against the outfit. Let it be known that on Thursday under the leadership of NIA, raids were conducted on PFI offices, leaders’ houses and other places across the country by several agencies. . on the leaders and cadres of "To commit or cause terrorist acts in various parts of India including Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi" And accused of conspiracy to collect money from abroad.
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The NIA informed a special court in writing, referring to its first information report filed on April 13 this year as per the directives of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). "Under a conspiracy, the accused intended to create terror in the minds of the common people. They are also involved in preparing to carry out terrorist activities using arms.
The NIA has been charged under Sections 120 and 153A of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 and Sections 17, 18, 18B of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. A case has been registered against several PFI leaders under Sections 20, 22B, 38 and 39. This case was registered by Delhi branch of NIA.
This is clearly mentioned in the remand copy
NIA has clearly mentioned in the remand copy of the accused how "Under the conspiracy, they (PFI leaders, activists and others) were involved in radicalizing and recruiting Muslim youth to join banned organizations like ISIS."
NIA said, "Criminal acts of violence committed by PFI – such as beheading of a college professor, brutal killing of people belonging to other religious organizations, stockpiling of explosives to target prominent people and places, support to Islamic State and destruction of public property Destruction – has had a clear effect of instilling terror in the minds of citizens.
Yasir Arafat alias Yasir Hassan, a PFI cadre and others named in the FIR for training its members and others to commit terrorist acts is also accused of being involved.
The NIA said, "The accused persons are also involved in promoting enmity between different groups, creating communal disharmony in the society through social media and other platforms."
Raids conducted across India on Thursday
After 106 PFI leaders, cadres and others were arrested during a nationwide search by the NIA, ED and state police forces on Thursday. It has been revealed. The NIA searched 93 locations in 15 states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, West Bengal, Bihar and Manipur.
NIA conducted raids on the houses and offices of PFI top leaders and members in connection with the five cases registered. The cases were registered following continuous inputs and evidence that PFI leaders and cadres were involved in terrorism and financing terrorist activities. Along with this, armed training for recruitment into banned organizations and training camps to radicalize people were set up.
Initially, the NIA conducted a raid against over 25 PFI cadres in Nizamabad Police Station, Telangana on 4 July. A case was registered on the basis of an FIR, when the Telangana police found that the accused were promoting various violent and terrorist acts on the basis of religion. The camps were set up to provide training aimed at creating animosity between the groups.
Various states have also registered cases
The agency also said that over the years PFI and its leaders and A large number of criminal cases have been registered against the members by various states for their involvement in various acts of violence.
The NIA has made 45 arrests in these cases. 19 accused have been arrested from Kerala, 11 from Tamil Nadu, seven from Karnataka, four from Andhra Pradesh, two from Rajasthan and one each from Uttar Pradesh and Telangana. So far, the NIA is investigating a total of 19 PFI-related cases, including five recently registered cases.
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