NIA attaches PFI-owned Green Valley Academy at Manjeri on terror charges
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday attached banned Jehadi outfit Popular Front of India’s (PFI) arms and physical training centre in Kerala. Spread across a vast 10-hectare area in Manjeri, Malappuram district the training centre, known as the Green Valley Academy was managed by the ‘Green Valley Foundation’ (GVF). Offices of the PFI and its frontal organizations were functioning from these premises under the guise of educational institutions.
The property was initially used by the National Development Front‘s cadre. The NDF later merged with PFI. Green Valley is the sixth PFI Arms Training centre and the 18th property linked to the banned outfit to be attached by the NIA in Kerala as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to crack down on terror activities.
NIA probe revealed that the PFI utilized this centre (disguised as an academic centre) for conducting arms training, physical training, and training sessions on the use and testing of explosives for its cadres, specifically those associated with their ‘Service Wing‘. The centre was sued as a hideout for numerous ‘PFI Service Wing’ members after they had committed crimes, including acts of murder, said NIA officials.
“The training centre was also utilized to indoctrinate PFI’s trained operatives, cadres, and members with radical and divisive ideological training, promoting the outfit’s communal agenda and policies. The premises housed offices of the PFI and its frontal organizations, disguised as educational institutions,” said NIA officials.
The NIA had previously taken action against five other PFI training centres in Kerala, namely Malabar House, Periyar Valley, Valluvanad House, Karunya Charitable Trust, and Trivandrum Education and Service Trust (TEST). An additional 12 offices used intermittently by the outfit’s leadership for organizing arms and physical training, propagating ideologies, and planning various criminal and terrorist activities, have also been attached, said NIA officials, adding that these types of training centres’ were working under the guise of charitable and educational trusts.
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