PFI Leader Arrested

New Delhi: Abdul Sattar, a senior leader of the Islamic outfit Popular Front of India (PFI) that was banned across the country on Wednesday, said as law-abiding citizens, the association acknowledged the central government’s choice to proclaim it unlawful. He said the outfit is being disintegrated considering the home ministry’s notice to ban it for five years.

“All PFI members and the public are informed that the Popular Front of India (PFI) has been dissolved. MHA has given a notice banning PFI. As law-abiding citizens of our great country, the association acknowledges the choice,” said Sattar, the general secretary of the outfit’s unit in Kerala where it has a significant impact.

Sattar, who was allegedly fleeing after calling a statewide hartal on September 23 against the nationwide strikes on the outfit’s workplaces and arrests of its leaders, is probably going to be handed over to the NIA later in the day.

During the September 23 hartal, its activists had allegedly participated in far-reaching viciousness bringing about harm to transport, public property, and even attacks on the general public.

Multi-agency teams, led by NIA, had last week carried out raids at 93 areas in 15 states across the country and captured over 100 PFI leaders for allegedly supporting terror exercises in the country.

Kerala had represented the greatest number of 22 arrests. The captures were made by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the Enforcement Directorate (ED), and police forces of the states concerned.

By Archana

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