December 8, 2022

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PFI is banned by the centre for five years because of “terror links”

Under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday morning imposed a five-year ban on the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its affiliates, including the Rehab India Foundation (RIF) and Campus Front of India.

Under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday morning imposed a five-year ban on the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its affiliates, including the Rehab India Foundation (RIF) and Campus Front of India.

A day after the second nationwide crackdown on the radical outfit in five days, in which police teams from seven states conducted raids Tuesday and detained or arrested more than 270 people with alleged ties to the radical outfit, the MHA banned the PFI and its associates and issued the gazette notification.

The PFI and its associates, affiliates, and fronts, according to the ministry’s notification, have been engaging in illegal activities that are detrimental to India’s integrity, sovereignty, and security, have the potential to disturb public peace and communal harmony, and support militancy in the nation.

“The Central Government is of the opinion that it is necessary to exercise its powers under sub-section (1) of section 3 of the UAPA Act as the PFI is involved in several criminal and terrorism cases and displays sheer disrespect towards the constitutional authority of the country. With funds and ideological support from outside, it has become a major threat to the internal security of the country. Investigations in various cases have revealed that the PFI and its cadres have engaged in a number of criminal and terrorism acts, including:

The Central Government directs State Governments and Union Territory administrations to exercise all the powers under Sections 7 (to prohibit the use of funds) and 8 (to notify places used for the purpose of an unlawful association) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The MHA also issued another notification after outlawing the PFI with the subject line of delegation of power, saying under the exercise of the powers granted by Section 42 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the Central Government directs State Governments and the Union Territory administrations .

In its initial notification, the MHA claimed that the PFI had ties to the Jamat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), another banned organisation, and that several of its founding members were also leaders of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). PFI had a number of occasions where it had connections with international terrorist organisations like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). This is supported by the fact that certain PFI cadres have joined international terrorist organisations. “The PFI and its friends, affiliations, or fronts have been working secretly to deepen radicalization of one population by generating a sense of fear in the country,” it claims.

“Rehab India Foundation raises money through PFI members, and some PFI members are also involved in CFI, EIF, Rehab Foundation, Kerala, and the PFI leaders oversee and coordinate the activities of the junior front, All India Imams Council, National Confederation of Human Rights Organization (NCHRO), and National Women’s Front. The only purpose of the PFI’s creation of all of its associates, affiliates, and fronts was to increase its reach across various societal groups, including young, students, women, Imams, attorneys, and weaker societal groups, in order to increase its membership, influence, and fundraising power.

The notification added, “The PFI and its associates, affiliates, or fronts operate openly as socio-economic, educational, and political organisations, but they have been pursuing a covert agenda to radicalise a specific segment of society working to undermine the concept of democracy and show sheer disrespect towards the constitutional authority and constitutional set up of the country.”

The MHA listed the PFI’s violent crimes, which included the amputation of a college professor’s limbs, the cold-blooded murder of people affiliated with groups that support other religions, the acquisition of explosives to target well-known individuals and locations, and the destruction of public property.

The notification states that the Income Tax Department revoked the PFI’s registration under sections 12A or 12AA of the Income Tax Act of 1961 (43 of 1961) because the sources of deposits made on its behalf into the organization’s various bank accounts were unsupported by the financial histories of the account holders, and the activities of the organisation were not being carried out in line with their stated goals. The state governments of Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, and Gujarat had recommended banning PFI, the statement continued. “The Income Tax Department also cancelled the registration granted to Rehab India Foundation under section 12A or section 12AA of the Income Tax Act, 1961.”

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