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Major action against PFI leaders across the country, around 105 cadres arrested in NIA and ED raids MEERI News

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Chandigarh: Around 105 people, including all the top leaders of the Popular Front of India (PFI), were arrested in the early hours of Thursday following midnight raids against the PFI at at least 100 locations in 13 states. Sources told News18 that the National Investigation Agency, Enforcement Directorate and the state police coordinated the operation.

Raid in 13 states

A team of NIA and ED along with state police conducted raids in 13 states during which more than 100 PFI cadres were arrested, news agency ANI quoted sources as saying. The NIA searched the houses of the PFI office bearers at several places in Tamil Nadu including Coimbatore, Cuddalore, Ramnad, Dindugal, Theni and Thenaksi. A search is also being conducted at the Chennai PFI state headquarters in Pursavakkam.

The biggest investigation process

Calling it the “biggest investigation ever”, NIA sources said searches were conducted at residential and official places of people involved in terror funding, organizing training camps and radicalizing people to join banned organisations. was taken Specific details about the cases, detentions and locations of these searches will be shared soon, a source said.

PFI workers protested

According to news agency ANI, NIA and ED conducted a surprise raid at the residence of PFI president OMA Salam in Manjeri in Malpuram district on Wednesday midnight. The raids are still going on and the PFI workers are protesting. Hundreds of workers gathered outside the chairman’s house. Not only this, PFI and SDPI workers are also protesting against the NIA raid in Mangaluru.

District Executive Committee constituted

As per the chargesheet filed by ED, the PFI has formed District Executive Committees in UAE, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and other places to collect funds. Individuals are given targets to collect cash and disguise it through referrals or as genuine business transactions.

The ED analyzed over 600 domestic contributors and their bank accounts during the probe and also examined the accounts of over 2,600 beneficiaries. The agency has found that many of these accounts were fake and the people on the ground were not found during physical verification, the agency said.

PFI transferred Rs

One of the beneficiaries of this money was Anshad Basuddin. He was arrested by UP ATS with IED, pistol and live cartridges. PFI has transferred Rs. 3.5 lakh from PFI’s account, ED said in the chargesheet indicating that PFI was involved in terror activities.

Surprised by the surprise raid

Surprised by the surprise raid, PFI General Secretary A Abdul Sattar said, “The midnight raid on the houses of Popular Front leaders is the latest example of atrocities by the state.”

Earlier on Monday, the NIA had raided many places in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. More than 40 locations linked to PFI were raided, following which four people were detained. Reports said the NIA also seized incriminating material including digital equipment, documents, two daggers and cash worth over Rs 8 lakh.

According to NIA sources, the accused were organizing such cadres who were imparting training and karate training. BJP leader Manoj Tiwari said, “PFI is involved in terrorist activities and action should be taken against them.”

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