The ban also applies to affiliated organizations associated with the Popular Front. The ban is in view of national security and law and order. Government sources also stated that PFI’s links with international terrorist organizations have been established. The central government also points out that some of the founding leaders of the Popular Front were leaders of the banned organizations SIMI and Jamaat ul Mujahideen Bangladeshi (JMB).
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, Rehab Foundation Kerala and affiliated organizations has been declared illegal.
The ban comes after two rounds of raids led by the NIA for allegedly supporting terrorist activities in the country. The first round of raids took place on September 22. Further raids were seen in several states on Tuesday, September 27. At least 250 PFI-related people were detained yesterday.
Yesterday, NIA raided PFI centers in seven states. The second phase of the search as part of Operation Octopus was conducted in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Assam, Karnataka, Delhi and Maharashtra.
Top sources said that the re-raid was launched after receiving information that the Popular Front was planning to organize violent protests against the first NIA raid.
Police also raided the Wayanad district committee office of the Popular Front. The raid is taking place in the office of Mananthavadi Erumatheru of DY S. P. The raid was led by AP Chandran. At the same time, 13 more Popular Front workers were arrested during the day’s violence in PFI hartal in Kerala. 5 in Thiruvananthapuram, 4 in Kottayam, 2 each in Thrissur and Kannur districts.