NIA raids 14 locations in 5 states belonging to banned PFI

NIA has seized several incriminating digital devices as well as documents during the raid

NIA has seized several incriminating digital devices as well as documents during the raid
NIA has seized several incriminating digital devices as well as documents during the raid

NIA conducts raids in 5 states to bust banned outfit PFI’s conspiracy

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday conducted a series of raids and searches across five states as part of its continued efforts to foil the Popular Front of India (PFI) conspiracy to disturb peace by driving a communal wedge among the people to destabilize the country.

The raids aimed at unearthing the banned outfit’s conspiracy to disturb the peace and communal harmony of India.

The official said that during the raids several incriminating digital devices as well as documents were seized.

An NIA official said that a total of 14 locations in Kannur, Malappuram, Dakshin Kannada, Nashik, Kolhapur, Murshidabad, and Katihar districts of the states of Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, West Bengal, and Bihar were raided.

“The NIA has been working to unravel and thwart the attempts by PFI and its top leadership to create an armed cadre and raise a PFI Army for establishing an Islamic Caliphate in India by the year 2047 through acts of terror, violence, and sabotage.

“PFI has been conspiring to radicalize gullible youth and provide them weapons training in a bid to further its violent anti-India agenda by fighting against certain sections of the society,” the NIA said.

The NIA suspects several mid-rung PFI agents to be operating as master trainers who have been conducting arms training camps across various states of the country for training its highly radicalized PFI cadres in the use of weapons, iron rods, swords, and knives.

Based on intelligence and investigative analysis and insights, it has been raiding multiple locations in various states over the past several months to identify and arrest these cadres and operatives.

The case against PFI was registered by NIA, Delhi, in April 2022.

Incriminating evidence was collected by the agency, leading to the arrest of several top PFI leaders, including over a dozen NEC members, following country-wide operations in September 2022.

The NIA conducted intensive investigations against the accused and filed a chargesheet against 19 of them in March 2023.

PFI as an organization was also named in the chargesheet. Subsequently, in April 2023, a supplementary chargesheet was filed against the PFI National Coordinator of weapons training.

Investigations are continuing to unearth and expose the complete PFI conspiracy to indoctrinate and train susceptible youth to create mayhem in the country. The eventual aim of the conspiracy is to create an Islamic State by the time India completes a century of its independence.

[With Inputs from IANS]

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