PATNA: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has intensified its crackdown on the banned organization Popular Front of India (PFI). According to recent reports, the NIA conducted raids at a total of 17 places across the country on Monday.
The searches were conducted in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, and Goa. The NIA conducted searches at 12 locations in Bihar, two in Uttar Pradesh, and one each in Punjab’s Ludhiana and Goa.
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Among the places raided was the residence of Dr. Sarik Raza, a dentist located in Urdu Bazar of Darbhanga district in Bihar. Mehboob’s house, a resident of Shankarpur village under Singhwada police station, was also raided in connection with PFI links.
It is worth noting that the central government had banned PFI for five years in September last year. The organization has been accused of having links with global terrorist organizations such as ISIS, terrorist funding, and involvement in violent activities.
The decision to ban PFI was approved by the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) tribunal, and the organization has been banned under the UAPA Act. Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma, who is heading the tribunal, upheld the Centre’s ban on PFI.
The NIA’s action against PFI is a significant step towards curbing terrorism and violent activities in the country. The crackdown sends a strong message that the government will not tolerate any form of terrorism and will take all necessary steps to maintain peace and security in the country.