All forms of communalism, violence should be combatted: Rahul Gandhi reacts to PFI raids

There should be zero tolerance towards communalism and violence, Rahul Gandhi said on PFI raids across the country.

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said there should be zero tolerance towards violence (Photo: Screengrab)

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday reacted to the massive crackdown by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on the Popular Front of India (PFI). There should be zero tolerance towards communalism, regardless of where it's coming from, the Congress MP said.

"All forms of communalism, regardless of where they come from, should be combated. There should be zero tolerance towards it," Wayanad MP said.

On the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday, NIA carried out multiple raids across various locations in the country in connection with the terror funding.

NIA CRACKDOWN ON PFI TERROR LINKS

As many as 106 activists of the PFI were arrested on Thursday in early morning raids by multi-agencies led by the National Investigation Agency, covering around 11 states, for allegedly supporting terror activities in the country, officials said.

The maximum number of arrests were made in Kerala (22) followed by Maharashtra and Karnataka (20 each), Andhra Pradesh (5), Assam (9), Delhi (3), Madhya Pradesh (4), Puducherry (3), Tamil Nadu (10), Uttar Pradesh (8) and Rajasthan (2).

According to the officials, the arrests were made during the raids, which have been termed as the "largest-ever investigation process till date".

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Details of the arrested activists were not available immediately, but officials said the arrests were done by the NIA, Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the police forces of 11 states so far.

The officials said the searches are taking place at the premises of persons involved in terror funding, organising training camps, and radicalising people to join proscribed organisations.

The Popular Front of India (PFI), in a statement, said, "The raids are taking place at the homes of national, state and local leaders of PFI. The state committee office is also being raided. "We strongly protest the fascist regime's move to use agencies to silence dissenting voices," it said.

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