As many as 10 members of the Popular Front of India (PFI) have been arrested from Uttar Pradesh in the past 24 hours. The arrests have been made after the PFI members allegedly incited violence during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar on December 20, 2019. Out of the 10, four PFI members have been arrested from Muzaffarnagar in the state, while the others were held from different parts of Uttar Pradesh.
Farman, Nafees, Idrish and Mursaleen were arrested on late Sunday night, SHO Anil Kapervan said. Some pamphlets against the CAA were seized from their possession, he said.
In December 2019, the Uttar Pradesh Police had sought a ban on the PFI after its complicity was suspected in the statewide violent protests against the amended citizenship law.
UP Director General of Police OP Singh wrote to the Union Home Ministry, seeking a ban on the PFI after its Uttar Pradesh head, Wasim, and 16 other activists were arrested for allegedly masterminding the violence in Lucknow during anti-CAA protests.
So far, 40 members of the PFI have been arrested in UP.
Some of the arrests are linked to dubious deposits and withdrawals in their bank accounts. The Enforcement Directorate is already investigating the financial transactions of PFI members and their families and supporters.
Further investigations are underway.