PFI Updates: Tight Vigil in Delhi, Mumbai After PFI Ban, Central Forces Up Security at RSS, BJP Offices in Kerala

The Central government has banned the Popular Front of India (PFI), declaring the outfit and all its associates, affiliates and fronts as Unlawful Association under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act is (UAPA)

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Last Updated: September 28, 2022, 23:22 IST

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In a major development, the Central government has banned the Popular Front of India (PFI), declaring the outfit and all its associates, affiliates and fronts as Unlawful Association under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act is (UAPA). The Maharashtra government issued orders empowering commissioners and district magistrates to take action against the Popular Front of India (PFI) and eight other affiliate organisations outlawed under the Read More

Sep 28, 2022 22:54 IST

Exclusive | Maha Crackdown on PFI: Home Dept Permits Top Cops, Magistrates to Act, Seize Properties

Following nationwide raids against the Popular Front of India (PFI) and the Centre banning the radical Islamic outfit and some of its affiliates for five years on Wednesday, the Maharashtra government has ordered a further crackdown against the organisation, News18 has learnt. READ MORE

Sep 28, 2022 21:45 IST

Maharashtra Govt Orders Officials to Take Strict Action Against PFI

The Maharashtra Home Department on Wednesday issued orders empowering commissioners and district magistrates to take action against the Popular Front of India (PFI) and eight other affiliate organisations outlawed under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) by the Central government earlier today. The state government has also ordered to seize properties and act against PFI under section 42 of UAPA.

Sep 28, 2022 21:25 IST

TMC Refrains from Commenting on PFI Ban, BJP Questions Silence

The Trinamool Congress refrained from commenting on the ban on Popular Front of India (PFI), prompting the opposition BJP to question its silence on “issues related to national security”.  “We don’t want to comment on it. It is our official stand that we won’t comment on it,” senior TMC leader and MP Sougata Roy said. BJP state spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya said, “The BJP government has a zero-tolerance policy on terrorism and national security issues. But what bothers us most is the silence of the West Bengal government when there have been activities of PFI in the state too. However, the TMC has a track record of maintaining silence on issues related to national security. For them, votes matter most.”

Sep 28, 2022 19:53 IST

PFI Disbands Outfit Hours After Ban, Says 'As Law-abiding Citizens...Accepts MHA's Decision'

Hours after the Centre banned the Popular Front of India under the stringent provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the PFI on Wednesday announced disbanding of the Islamic outfit. Abdul Sattar, Kerala general secretary of the now-banned PFI, was nabbed from Karunagappally after he posted on the outfit’s Facebook page that “as law-abiding citizens of the country, the organisation accepts the decision of the Ministry of Home Affairs”. READ MORE

Sep 28, 2022 16:52 IST

Tripura CM Welcomes PFI Ban, Says 'Very Important for Integrity of Country'

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha welcomed the Central government’s imposition of a 5-year ban on PFI. “This is very important for the integrity of the country. I am very happy with this announcement,” he said.

Sep 28, 2022 16:41 IST

Should Have Banned PFI Immediately When IB Gave Inputs: Cong MP Arif Masood

Congress MP and member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Arif Masood speaking on the PFI ban said “…When IB was giving inputs, it should’ve been banned immediately. Why did they wait for such a long time? Question is rising because they took such a long time.”

Sep 28, 2022 15:49 IST

Silence is Better at Times: Professor Whose Palm Was Chopped Off by PFI Activists

Professor TJ Joseph, whose hand was chopped off by the activists of Popular Front of India for alleged blasphemy 12 years ago, has declined to respond to the Centre’s ban on the radical Islamic outfit, saying observing silence was better at times than always talking. “So I am not reacting. Many of the victims of the PFI’s attacks are no longer alive. I would like to observe silence in solidarity with those victims,” he added. A former lecturer of Malayalam literature at Newman College in Thodupuzha, Joseph was attacked and his right hand was chopped off allegedly by activists of the Popular Front of India in July 2010 while he, along with his mother and sister, was returning home from church.

Sep 28, 2022 15:28 IST

‘Two-Year Jail Term, Fine’: What Government Plans to Do Next with PFI Members After the Ban

After a five-year ban on the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its affiliates under the anti-terror law, the home ministry has asked the police in empowered states and Union Territories to take action against its other offices and seize funds. READ MORE

Sep 28, 2022 15:09 IST

PFI Ban: SDPI Condemns Move, Says Decision Part of 'Undeclared Emergency' Clamped by Centre

With the Centre banning the Popular Front of India for its alleged terror activities, its political offshoot Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) strongly condemned the ban saying this was part of the “undeclared emergency” clamped by the BJP-led Union government in the country. The Union government on Wednesday banned the PFI and several of its associates for five years under a stringent anti-terror law, accusing them of having “links” with global terror groups like ISIS.

In a statement, SDPI national president M K Faizy said the Centre was trying to intimidate those who voice out against the BJP’s “anti-people” policies with raids and arrest, he alleged in a statement. “The BJP government is suppressing the freedom of expression, people’s protests and outfits by negating even the basic principles of the Indian Constitution,” Faizy charged.

It was time for the secular parties and people to stand united to protect the country’s constitutional values and democracy, he further said. Meanwhile, the main opposition Congress in Kerala and its UDF coalition partner Indian Union Muslim League welcomed the move to ban PFI. (PTI)

Sep 28, 2022 15:04 IST

PFI Ban: Police Personnel Deployed at PFI Office Building in Shaheen Bagh | IN PICS

PFI Ban: Police Personnel Deployed at PFI Office Building in Shaheen Bagh | IN PICS
Police personnel deployed at Popular Front of India (PFI) office building, at Shaheen Bagh in New Delhi, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. The centre has imposed a ban on the organisation and several of its associates for their alleged terror activities. (PTI Photo)
Sep 28, 2022 15:00 IST

Karnataka Police Chief Warns Strict Action Against PFI Ban-related Protests

Suggesting that considerable information and evidence gathered by the Centre led to the PFI being outlawed, the DGP said the state police is keeping a strict vigil and is gathering information to take strict action against those who oppose the ban.

“If anyone protests against the government decision on the ban and in favour of the banned organisation, they will have to face the consequences, because they too can be considered legally as part of the banned outfit,” he said. (PTI)

Sep 28, 2022 14:54 IST

PFI Ban: Congress Against All forms of Communalism, Says Jairam Ramesh

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh Party said that the grand-old party has always been and will continue to be against all forms of communalism. “The Congress’s policy has always been to fight uncompromisingly all ideologies and institutions that abuse religion for polarising our society, that misuse religion to spread prejudice, hate, bigotry and violence,” he said welcoming the ban.

This fight is of utmost priority to preserve, protect and celebrate the secular and composite construct of our society and nationhood, he added in a statement. READ MORE

Sep 28, 2022 14:36 IST

Ban on PFI and Associates is Part of Undeclared Emergency by the BJP Regime: SDPI National President

Calling it a ‘direct blow to democracy’, SDPI National President M.K. Faizy condemned the ban on PFI in a statement.

Sep 28, 2022 14:27 IST

PFI State General Secretary Abdul Sathar Detained in Kerala | WATCH

Sep 28, 2022 14:19 IST

Govt Issues Takedown Order for Websites, Social Media Accounts Linked to PFI; WhatsApp to be Monitored

The central government has ordered blocking websites and social media accounts of the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its affiliates after banning the outfit under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) late on Tuesday. READ MORE

Sep 28, 2022 14:16 IST

RSS Should Have Been Banned Before PFI: Lalu Prasad Yadav

RJD president Lalu Prasad on Wednesday called the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh a “Hindu extremist organisation” that deserved to be banned. Prasad made the remark replying to queries from journalists about the Union Home Ministry’s ban on Popular Front of India and several of its associates under a stringent anti-terror law.

“They keep raising the bogey of PFI. It is the RSS, which is all about Hindu extremism (kattarpanth’), which deserves to be banned first, said the septuagenarian with characteristic candor. (PTI)

Sep 28, 2022 14:09 IST

'Action Shows My Son Didn't Lose Life in Vain': Kin of Slain RSS Men on PFI Ban

Justice, though delayed, will finally be delivered, said families of slain RSS workers Praveen Nettaru, Sharath Madiwala, Rudresh, Deepak Rao, and Bajrang Dal activist Harsha as news about the Popular Front of India (PFI) being banned flashed on their TV screens. READ MORE

Sep 28, 2022 14:05 IST

PFI Hoardings At Navi Mumbai Office Taken Down Amid Tight Security

Sep 28, 2022 13:58 IST

PFI Ban: Govt Should Also Probe Bajrang Dal, RSS, VHP, Says AIUDF MLA

Over 100 PFI members arrested in last few days. I’m not supporting PFI but Government should’ve waited for probe before taking decision of banning PFI for 5 yrs. Government should ask Central Agencies to also probe Bajrang Dal, RSS, VHP who spread hate speech: AIUDF MLA Rafiqul Islam to ANI.

Sep 28, 2022 13:52 IST

Maharashtra Will Take Action Too: Dy CM Fadnavis on PFI Ban

Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) by the Central government earlier today.

According to an official order, the ban has been imposed for a period of five years.

“The Central Government hereby declares the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its associates or affiliates or fronts including Rehab India Foundation (RIF), Campus Front of India (CFI), All India Imams Council (AIIC), National Confederation of Human Rights Organization (NCHRO), National Women’s Front, Junior Front, Empower India Foundation and Rehab Foundation, Kerala as an “unlawful association,” the order by Ministry of Home Affairs read.

The ban comes after two rounds of raids in multi-agency operation spearheaded by the NIA against the outfit for allegedly supporting terror activities in the country. The first round of raids took place on September 22, a follow up of that was seen on Tuesday, September 27 in several states in which at least 250 people linked to PFI were taken into custody.

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