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India arrests dozens after nationwide raids on Muslim group PFI

Officials at India's top investigation agencies say they have conducted nationwide raids and...

👤 H K Badal22 Sep 2022 5:54 PM GMT
India arrests dozens after nationwide raids on Muslim group PFI


Police officers stand guard as India's National Investigation Agency raids PFI offices in Bengaluru


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Officials at India's top investigation agencies say they have conducted nationwide raids and arrested 45 people associated with a prominent Muslim organisation for alleged terror links.

The simultaneous raids on the offices of the Popular Front of India (PFI) and homes of its members were conducted by the federally controlled National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) at 93 locations in 15 Indian states, the NIA said in a statement on Thursday (Sep 22).

NIA said the searches were conducted at the houses and offices of top PFI leaders and members in connection with five cases related to "funding of terrorism and terrorist activities, organising training camps for providing armed training and radicalising people to join banned organisations".

"As on date, the NIA is investigating a total of 19 PFI-related cases," said the statement.

Most of the arrests were made in the southern states. In Kerala, where PFI enjoys considerable influence in Muslim-majority areas, 19 people were arrested, the NIA said in its statement.

Arrests were also made in Tamil Nadu (11), Karnataka (7), Andhra Pradesh (4), Rajasthan (2) and one each from Uttar Pradesh and Telangana, according to the statement.