Centre plans ‘crackdown’ on PFI over alleged terror links

NEW DELHI: The Union Home Ministry is contemplating a “crackdown” on Kerala-based Popular Front of India (PFI) and mulling a ban on it for its alleged links with terror activities, a charge strongly denied by the outfit. The move comes after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) submitted a report on the PFI to the ministry claiming that the group has been involved in terror acts, including running terror camps and making bombs, and it was a fit case to be declared banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), a Home Ministry official said today.
The cases which the NIA cited for PFI’s alleged involvement in terror acts are: chopping of a professor’s palm in Kerala’s Idukki district, organising a training camp in Kannur from where the NIA allegedly seized swords, country- made bombs and ingredients for making IEDs, murder of RSS leader Rudresh in Bengaluru and the plans to carry out terror attacks in South India by involving another outfit, Islamic State Al-Hindi.
The Home Ministry official said there have been enough documents regarding PFI’s involvement in terror activities in South India and the Central Government cannot remain a mute spectator. (Agencies)