PONDA: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) this morning carried out searches at Ponda in a crackdown against the cadres of the banned Popular Front of India (PFI).
The places being searched include 12 in Bihar, two in Uttar Pradesh, one in Punjab’s Ludhiana and one in Goa. The agency is investigating the activities related to the PFI and has arrived at Darbhanga’s Urdu Market in Bihar.
However, there is clarity on whether the NIA team seized some articles or arrested someone related to the case.
This comes after Assam Police on April 8 arrested three leaders of the banned organisation Popular Front of India (PFI) and Campus Front of India (CFI) in Assam’s Barpeta district.
Police also recovered cash of Rs 1.50 lakh, four mobile phones, and a pamphlet from the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) in their possession.
The arrested PFI and CFI leaders were identified as Jakir Hussain; he is also the State Secretary of PFI, Abu Sama, and CFI National Treasurer Sahidul Islam, Hiren Nath, Additional director general of police (ADGP) (SB), Assam police informed.
The Union Home Ministry in September last year declared the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its affiliates an ‘Unlawful Association’.
It had said that PFI and its associates or affiliates or fronts have been found to be involved in serious offences, including terrorism and its financing, targeted gruesome killings, disregarding the constitutional set-up of the country, disturbing public order etc.