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Popular Front of India’s “violent acts” to strike fear in citizens: Probe agency

Prime News, National (New Delhi), Sept 23:- Violent acts allegedly carried out by PFI such as chopping off the hand of a college professor and cold-blooded killings of persons associated with organisations espousing other faiths have had a “demonstrative effect” of striking terror in the minds of the citizens, the NIA said on Thursday.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) said this after 106 members of the Popular Front of India (PFI) were arrested by agencies led by it during pan-India raids in 15 states for allegedly supporting terror activities.

“Criminal violent acts carried out by PFI such as chopping off the hand of a college professor, cold-blooded killings of persons associated with organisations espousing the other faiths, collection of explosives to target prominent people and places, support to Islamic State and destruction of public property have had a demonstrative effect of striking terror in the minds of the citizens,” an NIA statement said.

During the searches on Thursday, the NIA found incriminating documents, cash, sharp-edged weapons, besides a large number of digital devices, it said.

The arrests were made during the searches which have been termed as a result of “largest ever” investigation process “till date”, officials said.

The raids conducted by the NIA were spread across 93 locations of 15 states that included Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, West Bengal, Bihar and Manipur.

The raids, as per official sources, began at 3:30 am and involved as many as 300 National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials from across its various offices.

In a joint operation with the Enforcement Directorate and state police teams, offices of the top brass of the PFI and members were searched in connection with five cases registered by the NIA following continued inputs and evidence against the leaders and cadres for their alleged involvement in funding of terrorism and terrorist activities, organising training camps for providing armed training and radicalising people to join banned organisations, they said. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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