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Raids on PFI: More than 170 held across several states in fresh crackdown

Raids on PFI: In Bidar district, PFI district president Abdul Karim and SDPI district secretary Sheikh Maqsood have been detained. Six members of PFI have also been taken into preventive custody in Kolar district.

Reported By : T. Raghavan, Manish Prasad, Vishal Pratap Singh | New Delhi
Updated on: September 28, 2022 1:01 IST
Several leaders from across 8 states have been arrested.
Image Source : PTI Several leaders from across 8 states have been arrested.

Raids on PFI: More than 170 people allegedly linked with the Popular Front of India (PFI) were detained or arrested in raids across several states on Tuesday, five days after a similar pan India crackdown against the group often accused of being linked to radical Islam. Conducted mostly by state police teams, the raids were spread across Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Delhi, Maharashtra, Assam and Madhya Pradesh. On September 22, multi-agency teams spearheaded by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested 106 leaders and activists of the PFI in 15 states for allegedly supporting terror activities in the country. The NIA is investigating 19 cases involving the PFI. As police teams fanned out across their respective states on Tuesday, seemingly synchronised, the action was swift. While 25 people each were arrested in Assam and Maharashtra, 57 were detained in Uttar Pradesh, officials said. The count of those detained in Delhi was 30, Madhya Pradesh was at 21 followed by 10 in Gujarat and six in Pune in Maharashtra. Besides, several people were also arrested in Karnataka. In Uttar Pradesh, the raids across 26 districts were jointly carried out by the Anti Terrorist Squad, Special Task Force and the local police simultaneously. Documents and evidence were collected, Additional Director General (law and order) Prashant Kumar said.

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  • 3:17 PM (IST) Posted by Nivedita Dash

    Madhya Pradesh Police have detained 21 people from 8 districts

    The Madhya Pradesh Police have detained 21 people from eight districts of the state over links with the Popular Front of India (PFI), state Home Minister Narottam Mishra said on Tuesday. Four people each were apprehended from Indore, Ujjain and Neemuch, three from Rajgarh, two each from Shajapur and Sheopur and one each from Bhopal and Guna, Mishra told reporters in Ujjain. Earlier on September 22, a multi-agency operation spearheaded by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had led to the arrest of 106 leaders and activists of the radical Islamic outfit in near simultaneous raids in 15 states for allegedly supporting terror activities in the country, officials.

  • 1:35 PM (IST) Posted by Abhrobanerjee

    Six people detained in Pune over links with PFI

    The Pune police have detained six people linked to the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its political wing Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), an official said on Tuesday.

    The prevention action under Criminal Procedure Code Section 151(3) has been taken in the backdrop of the recent crackdown on the PFI by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), senior police inspector Sardar Patil from Kondhwa police station said.

  • 1:12 PM (IST) Posted by Abhrobanerjee

    More than 90 alleged PFI activists held in raids across six states

    More than 90 people allegedly linked with the Popular Front of India (PFI) were detained or arrested in raids across six states on Tuesday, the crackdown coming five days after similar pan India searches against the group often accused of being linked to radical Islam. Conducted mostly by state police teams, the raids were spread across Karnataka, Gujarat, Delhi, Maharashtra, Assam and Madhya Pradesh.

    On September 22, multi-agency teams spearheaded by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested 106 leaders and activists of the PFI in 15 states for allegedly supporting terror activities in the country. The NIA is investigating 19 cases involving the PFI.

    As police teams fanned out across their respective states on Tuesday, seemingly synchronised, the action was swift. While 25 people were arrested in Assam, four were arrested in Maharashtra and 30 detained in Delhi, officials said. The count of those detained in Madhya Pradesh was 21, followed by 10 in Gujarat. Besides, several people were also arrested in Karnataka.

  • 1:01 PM (IST) Posted by Abhrobanerjee

    80 caught, 20 more to be questioned: Karnataka DGP

  • 12:49 PM (IST) Posted by Abhrobanerjee

    40 linked to PFI detained in Maharashtra

    Around 40 people linked to PFI have been detained from Aurangabad, Solapur, Amravati, Pune, Thane and Mumbai so far. This entire operation has been carried out by the state's local police with inputs from a Central Agency. All inquiries are underway: Maharashtra Police

  • 12:45 PM (IST) Posted by Abhrobanerjee

    Sector 144 imposed in Okhla, Jamia Millia asks students, teachers not to assemble in groups

    Jamia Millia Islamia has asked its students and teachers not to assemble in and around the campus as police have imposed restrictions under section 144 of the CrPC in the entire Okhla area. 

    In a notice issued on Monday, the chief proctor of the university said the SHO of the Jamia Nagar police station has informed that the restrictions have been imposed since September 19 as information was received that some people or groups may indulge in activities prejudicial to the maintenance of peace. The SHO further said that the restrictions would be in place in the entire Okhla (Jamia Nagar) area till November 17, the notice added.

  • 11:59 AM (IST) Posted by Abhrobanerjee

    Section 144 imposed in Jamia Nagar from September 19 to November 11

    As a preventive measure, Section 144 has been imposed in the entire Okhla's Jamia Nagar from September 19 to November 11 to restrain locals, particularly those from JMI university to gather/assemble in huge numbers in the area. 

  • 11:23 AM (IST) Posted by Abhrobanerjee

    Police arrest 25 PFI activists in fresh crackdown in Assam

    Twenty-five Popular Front of India (PFI) activists were arrested from different districts of Assam in a fresh crackdown against the outfit on Tuesday, police said. The highest number of 10 PFI activists were held in Goalpara, five in Kamrup (Rural) and three in Dhubri, followed by arrests in Barpeta, Baksa, Darrang, Udalguri and Karimganj, they said.

    Earlier, 11 people were arrested by the Assam Police from various parts of the state and Delhi, after a nation-wide clampdown against the organisation since September 22.

  • 11:13 AM (IST) Posted by Shashank Shantanu

    30 people have been arrested, says Delhi Police

    Joint raids by a Central agency and Delhi Police are underway at places related to PFI in different parts of the national capital including Nizamuddin, Shaheen Bagh area.

  • 10:57 AM (IST) Posted by Shashank Shantanu

    15 detained in Maharashtra

    13 people have been detained from Aurangabad and 2 from Malegaon. All are active members of PFI, interrogation is going on: Maharashtra ATS

  • 10:47 AM (IST) Posted by Shashank Shantanu

    PFI raids: 30 detained in Delhi

    30 people detained in Delhi in connection with crackdown on Popular Front of India (PFI), news agency PTI reported quoting sources.

  • 10:47 AM (IST) Posted by Shashank Shantanu

    Karnataka: Over 75 taken into preventive custody

    More than 75 PFI and SDPI workers, leaders taken into preventive custody, including the SDPI Yadgiri district president; police raids underway across the state. Cases booked under sections 108, 151 CrPC: Alok Kumar, ADGP Law & Order, Bengaluru

  • 10:43 AM (IST) Posted by Nivedita Dash

    30 people detained in Delhi in connection with crackdown on PFI

    30 people detained in Delhi in connection with crackdown on Popular Front of India (PFI): Police sources

  • 10:43 AM (IST) Posted by Shashank Shantanu

    Incriminating materials recovered

    The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has claimed that documents seized during the nation-wide raids conducted at offices of PFI and its members contain highly incriminating materials targeting prominent leaders of a particular community.

  • 10:41 AM (IST) Posted by Shashank Shantanu

    Protests held against raids on PFI

    The PFI in Kerala called for a statewide hartal on September 23. Masked men and miscreants went on the rampage in different parts of Kerala during the dawn-to-dusk hartal, damaging State-run buses and ambulances, injuring policemen and commoners, and vandalising shops and threatening the public. 

  • 10:40 AM (IST) Posted by Shashank Shantanu

    PFI raids: 4 arrested in Assam's Nagarbera

  • 10:38 AM (IST) Posted by Shashank Shantanu

    Round 2 of raids on PFI

    In near-simultaneous raids across the country, a multi-agency operation, spearheaded by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), on September 22 led to the arrest of 106 activists of the PFI in 11 states for allegedly supporting terror activities in the country.

  • 10:35 AM (IST) Posted by Shashank Shantanu

    25 PFI activists arrested in Assam

    Police have arrested 25 Popular Front of India (PFI) activists in fresh crackdown in Assam, PTI reported quoting officials.

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