22:31 PM IST: The National Investigation Agency (NIA), the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and police authorities raided multiple locations in connection with the PFI's (Popular Front of India) top leadership and office bearers. As per documents recovered by the NIA, PFI launched multiple wings to evade a ban and government agencies. Read full story here.

19:08 PM IST: The NIA conducted raids on 93 locations in 15 states on Thursday against Popular Front of India (PFI) activists allegedly involved in terror related activities, including funding. Raids were carried out in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, UP, Rajasthan, Delhi, Assam, MP, Maharashtra, Goa, West Bengal, Bihar, and Manipur. The NIA arrested 45 people on Thursday.

18:01 PM IST: The National Investigation Agency has been given four-day custody of all Delhi PFI activists arrested after multi-agency raids against the organisation in the city. (With inputs from Aneesha Mathur)

17:32 PM IST: Police security arrangements have been made at Delhi’s Patiala House court as PFI activists are being produced in court. PFI general secretary Mohammad Ali Jinnah is one of the accused produced in court. (With inputs from Aneesha Mathur)

16:18 PM IST: The PFI has called for a hartal in Kerala on Friday. PFI leadership said the hartal, which will be held from 6am to 6pm, has been called to protest against the arrest of party leaders in the state.

14:54 PM IST: CPI leader Sitaram Yechury said, "Why are these raids being conducted ? Govt should tell us. NIA doing raids which is okay, but what is the threat that the govt should tell us. What is that threat which nobody knows? The government should give us clarity."

14:28 PM IST: Asked about the NIA mega crackdown on PFI links, he said, "All forms of communalism, violence regardless of where they come from are the same and must be combated. There should be zero tolerance towards violence."

13:51 PM IST: Activists of the Popular Front of India (PFI) on Thursday staged protests across Kerala against the raids carried out in their organisation's offices, houses of leaders and other premises by multi-agencies led by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for allegedly supporting terror activities in the country.

13:30 PM IST: A meeting was chaired by the Ministry of Home Affairs officials of the ED, NIA and IB three days back in which the mega crackdown on PFI was planned, sources said. Read the story here.

13:29 PM IST: As many as 106 people were arrested after NIA and ED conducted searches across 10 states in connection with anti-terror activities. The probe agency arrested Delhi PFI chief Parvez Ahmed and national chairman OMS Salam. Read the story here.

13:19 PM IST: The NIA recovered several documents related to PFI. Sources said leaflets and pamphlets of PFI and some electronic devices have been recovered from a flat in the Tiljala area in Kolkata. Sources said Sk Mokhar rented the place to set up an office of PFI. He is not related to PFI.

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12:59 PM IST: MK Faizy, National President of the Social Democratic Party of India slammed the raids in the residences and offices of the Popular Front of India, and the arrest of its leaders in the wee hours today. "The nationwide raids in the residences of leaders are the affirmative sign of efforts to stifle the dissenting voices. In the past few years in which the mainstream political parties have become mute about the fascist atrocities in the country, it has been the Popular Front of India and the Social Democratic Party of India that have taken up the role of the opposition in challenging the undemocratic, divisive politics of the Hindutva fascists that leads the country into peril," he added.

12:56 PM IST: AK Salahudheen, SDPI Kerala Treasurer, said, "It is a shame on Indian democracy. The centre has no democratic merit in their activities. PFI leaders were arrested."

12:53 PM IST: The PFI website has been down due to technical glitches. It has not been shut down.

12:42 PM IST: Condeming the NIA crackdowns, PFI said, "The Popular Front of India's National Executive Council (NEC) has condemned the nationwide raids by the NIA & ED and the unjust arrests and the harassment of its National and state leaders across India and the witch-hunting against the members, and supporters of the organisation. NIA's baseless claims and sensationalism are solely aimed at creating an atmosphere of terror." "Popular Front will never ever surrender on any scary action by a totalitarian regime using the central agencies as its puppets and will stand firm on its will for recovering the democratic system and spirit of the constitution of our beloved country," it added.

12:29 PM IST: The former treasurer of PFI, identified as Nadeem, has been arrested from UP's Barabanki. Nadeem's name also surfaced during anti-CAA and NRC protests.

12:14 PM IST: "It shows the weakness of the RSS .They are denying secularism and imposing fascist agendas on the public. The RSS & Central Government are trying to impose their ideas.They believe in an extreme Hindu nation," Ashraf Moulvi, State President SDPI said. "Raid conducted at SDPI leader's residence in Thrissur. Other than that, no SDPI offices or residences were raided today," Ashraf Moulvi added. "The leaders who spoke against them were tortured by the central agencies," he added. "The party is planning to protest massively. We haven't decided on the measures yet," he said.

12:11 PM IST: Two PFI personnel were detained by NIA in Varanasi. NIA along with ATS raided Varanasi and detained two activists of the Popular Front of India (PFI). Interrogation of both is going on at a secret location.

Mega crackdown on PFI Updates: How radical outfit planned to evade agencies

New Delhi | September 22, 2022 22:32 IST

Union Home Minister Amit Shah chaired a meeting with NSA Ajit Doval and other top officials as National Investigation Agency (NIA) carried out multiple raids on PFI terror links today. Nearly 100 activists of PFI were detained or arrested in early morning raids on Thursday by multiple agencies led by the NIA in around 10 states for allegedly supporting terror activities in the country. The raids took place in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karantaka, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and the national capital. PFI Chairman OMA Salam and Delhi PFI chief Parvez Ahmed were also arrested by the probe agency. These searches were being conducted in the residential and official premises of persons involved in funding terrorism, organising training camps and radicalising people to join proscribed organisations. Stay tuned for all LIVE updates.

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NIA crackdown on PFI: How radical outfit planned to evade agencies

The National Investigation Agency (NIA), the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and police authorities raided multiple locations in connection with the PFI's (Popular Front of India) top leadership and office bearers. As per documents recovered by the NIA, PFI launched multiple wings to evade a ban and government agencies. Read full story here.

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93 locations raided in 15 states, 45 arrested: NIA crackdown on PFI

The NIA conducted raids on 93 locations in 15 states on Thursday against Popular Front of India (PFI) activists allegedly involved in terror related activities, including funding. Raids were carried out in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, UP, Rajasthan, Delhi, Assam, MP, Maharashtra, Goa, West Bengal, Bihar, and Manipur.

The NIA arrested 45 people on Thursday.

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Delhi PFI activists remanded to 4-day NIA custody

The National Investigation Agency has been given four-day custody of all Delhi PFI activists arrested after multi-agency raids against the organisation in the city.

(With inputs from Aneesha Mathur)

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Heavy security in place as PFI activists produced in Delhi court

Police security arrangements have been made at Delhi’s Patiala House court as PFI activists are being produced in court. PFI general secretary Mohammad Ali Jinnah is one of the accused produced in court.

(With inputs from Aneesha Mathur)

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PFI calls for hartal in Kerala tomorrow

The PFI has called for a hartal in Kerala on Friday. PFI leadership said the hartal, which will be held from 6am to 6pm, has been called to protest against the arrest of party leaders in the state.

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Govt should give clarity, says CPI leader Sitaram Yechury

CPI leader Sitaram Yechury said, "Why are these raids being conducted ? Govt should tell us. NIA doing raids which is okay, but what is the threat that the govt should tell us. What is that threat which nobody knows? The government should give us clarity."

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Zero tolerance towards violence, says Rahul Congress on NIA raids

Asked about the NIA mega crackdown on PFI links, he said, "All forms of communalism, violence regardless of where they come from are the same and must be combated. There should be zero tolerance towards violence."

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NIA raids: PFI activists stage protests in Kerala

Activists of the Popular Front of India (PFI) on Thursday staged protests across Kerala against the raids carried out in their organisation's offices, houses of leaders and other premises by multi-agencies led by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for allegedly supporting terror activities in the country.

Posted by Ritika Shah
Midnight operation, 200 NIA officers: How mega crackdown on PFI terror links was planned

A meeting was chaired by the Ministry of Home Affairs officials of the ED, NIA and IB three days back in which the mega crackdown on PFI was planned, sources said. Read the story here.

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10 states, over 100 held: PFI chief arrested in massive crackdown on terror links

As many as 106 people were arrested after NIA and ED conducted searches across 10 states in connection with anti-terror activities. The probe agency arrested Delhi PFI chief Parvez Ahmed and national chairman OMS Salam. Read the story here.

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PFI pamphlets, electronic devices recovered during NIA raids in Kolkata

The NIA recovered several documents related to PFI. Sources said leaflets and pamphlets of PFI and some electronic devices have been recovered from a flat in the Tiljala area in Kolkata.

Sources said Sk Mokhar rented the place to set up an office of PFI. He is not related to PFI.

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High level meeting at Amit Shah's residence ends

A high level meeting at Union Home Minister Amit Shah's meeting has ended.

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Govt creating terror using central agencies, says SDPI chief

MK Faizy, National President of the Social Democratic Party of India slammed the raids in the residences and offices of the Popular Front of India, and the arrest of its leaders in the wee hours today.

"The nationwide raids in the residences of leaders are the affirmative sign of efforts to stifle the dissenting voices. In the past few years in which the mainstream political parties have become mute about the fascist atrocities in the country, it has been the Popular Front of India and the Social Democratic Party of India that have taken up the role of the opposition in challenging the undemocratic, divisive politics of the Hindutva fascists that leads the country into peril," he added.

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'Shame on democracy': Kerala SDPI treasurer on NIA crackdown

AK Salahudheen, SDPI Kerala Treasurer, said, "It is a shame on Indian democracy. The centre has no democratic merit in their activities. PFI leaders were arrested."

Posted by Ritika Shah
PFI website down due to technical glitches

The PFI website has been down due to technical glitches. It has not been shut down.

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NIA's baseless claims aimed at creating terror atmosphere

Condeming the NIA crackdowns, PFI said, "The Popular Front of India's National Executive Council (NEC) has condemned the nationwide raids by the NIA & ED and the unjust arrests and the harassment of its National and state leaders across India and the witch-hunting against the members, and supporters of the organisation. NIA's baseless claims and sensationalism are solely aimed at creating an atmosphere of terror."

"Popular Front will never ever surrender on any scary action by a totalitarian regime using the central agencies as its puppets and will stand firm on its will for recovering the democratic system and spirit of the constitution of our beloved country," it added.

Posted by Ritika Shah
Ex-treasurer of PFI arrested from UP's Barabanki

The former treasurer of PFI, identified as Nadeem, has been arrested from UP's Barabanki. Nadeem's name also surfaced during anti-CAA and NRC protests.

Posted by Ritika Shah
'Shows weakness of RSS': SDPI state chief on NIA raids on PFI terror links

"It shows the weakness of the RSS .They are denying secularism and imposing fascist agendas on the public. The RSS & Central Government are trying to impose their ideas.They believe in an extreme Hindu nation," Ashraf Moulvi, State President SDPI said.

"Raid conducted at SDPI leader's residence in Thrissur. Other than that, no SDPI offices or residences were raided today," Ashraf Moulvi added.

"The leaders who spoke against them were tortured by the central agencies," he added.

"The party is planning to protest massively. We haven't decided on the measures yet," he said.

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2 PFI personnel detained in Varanasi

Two PFI personnel were detained by NIA in Varanasi. NIA along with ATS raided Varanasi and detained two activists of the Popular Front of India (PFI). Interrogation of both is going on at a secret location.

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