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Raids NIA, ED: High brass detained, PFI call hartal today in Kerala where he dominatesOUS News

Its top brass held firm, the PFI called for a dawn-to-dusk hartal in Kerala on Friday.

PFI State Secretary General Abdul Sathar in a statement denounced the use of the “state apparatus” and claimed that central agencies were being used to “silence dissenting voices”.

The arrest of national and state PFI leaders, Sathar said, cannot be justified.

The BJP, on the other hand, urged the CPM-led state government to take tough action against those calling for hartal and ensure normal life on Friday.

BJP State Chairman K Surendran said, “The PFI should not think that it can face terrorism cases with muscle power. The state government is soft on PFI to appease a vote bank.

On Thursday, protesting the raids and arrests, PFI workers took to the streets of Kerala and blocked vehicular traffic, demanding that the NIA and ED stop their action.

Hundreds of PFI workers gathered near the organization’s premises, shouting slogans against the Union government and the Sangh Parivar.

According to sources, 24 PFI leaders were either taken into custody or arrested after searches of some 35 premises.

In 2020, ED raided the premises of PFI chairman Salam, who had worked in the audit section of the national electricity board.

The PFI’s most visible presence has been in Kerala where it has been repeatedly accused of murder, rioting, intimidation and links to terrorist organisations.

In 2012, the government of Kerala, then led by Oommen Chandy of Congress, informed the High Court that the PFI was “nothing but a resurrection of the banned organization Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) under another shape”. In an affidavit, the government said PFI activists were involved in 27 cases of killings, mostly of CPM and RSS cadres, and that the motives were communal.

Two years later, the Kerala government, in another affidavit, told the High Court that the PFI had a program “of Islamizing society by promoting conversion, communalization of issues for the benefit of the Islam, recruitment and maintaining a brand image”. , committed and indoctrinated young Muslims for undertaking actions, including the selective elimination of people who they believe are enemies of Islam”.

The 2014 affidavit followed a petition filed by Thejas, the spokesperson for the PFI in Kerala, who challenged the government’s refusal of advertisements since March 2013.

The affidavit reiterated that workers from the PFI and its predecessor, the National Development Front (NDF), were implicated in 27 community-motivated murder cases, 86 attempted murder cases and 106 community-related cases in the state. .