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Centre plans 'crackdown' on Kerala-based PFI over alleged terror links

The NIA has prepared the report on the PFI after conducting a detailed probe on it

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The Home ministry is contemplating a "crackdown" on Kerala-based Popular Front of India (PFI) and mulling a ban on it for its alleged links with terror activities, a charge strongly denied by the outfit.

The move comes after the Investigation Agency (NIA) submitted a report on the to the ministry claiming that the group has been involved in terror acts, including running terror camps and making bombs, and it was a fit case to be declared banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), a home ministry official said today.


The cases which the cited for PFI's alleged involvement in terror acts are: chopping of a professor's palm in Kerala's Idukki district, organising a training camp in Kannur from where the allegedly seized swords, country-made bombs and ingredients for making IEDs, murder of RSS leader Rudresh in Bengaluru and the plans to carry out terror attacks in South India by involving another outfit, Islamic State Al-Hindi.

The home ministry official said there have been enough documents regarding PFI's involvement in terror activities in South India and the central government cannot remain a mute spectator.

"The time has come to act and carry out the on before it gets too late," the official said.

The official refused to elaborate the kind of action the home ministry was contemplating against the but its action may include declaring the outfit as banned under the

The has prepared the report on the after conducting a detailed probe on it, another official said.

PFI's executive council member P Koya strongly refuted the claims, saying the agency had never approached the outfit to know about its activities if there has been any investigation at all.

"The activities of the were not anti-but more nationalistic. We have never run any terror camps nor involved in any terror act. There is no reason to call us a terror group unless you want to label us a terrorist organisation," he told PTI over the phone.

Koya said there have been just 10 cases against in its 25 years of existence and it was "normal" for any organisation.

He claimed that at least 100 people were killed in the clashes between the RSS and CPI-M in Kerala in recent times yet the two groups were never called as anti-

The reportedly has the presence in 23 states and is strongest in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

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First Published: Mon, September 11 2017. 20:37 IST
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