PFI Raids Popular front of India calls for strike in Kerala on Friday

PFI Raids Popular front of India calls for strike in Kerala on Friday

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Popular front of India calls for a strike in Kerala on Friday


  • Raids on the premises of Popular Front of India
  • NIA raids PFI offices, leaders’ homes
  • So far 14 office bearers have been detained

PFI Raids: The Popular Front of India (PFI) has called for a strike on September 23 to protest the raids on its offices, leaders’ homes and other premises by several agencies led by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). These raids were carried out for allegedly supporting terrorist activities in the country. The state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), however, termed the proposed strike as “unnecessary” and urged the state government to take strict action against it.

“The state government’s soft stance towards PFI”

BJP state unit chief K. Surendran alleged that all the strikes called earlier by the PFI have led to riots. He said that the state authorities should ensure adequate security to ensure adequate protection of life and property of the people. He also alleged that PFI is trying to tackle terrorism cases through muscle power and asked its leadership to keep in mind that India is a democratic country and not a religious nation. Surendran said in a statement that despite the high court’s strong stand against unnecessary strikes, the Left government in the state is showing a softer approach towards the PFI, keeping an eye on the vote bank.

PFI called ‘state sponsored terrorism’
In a statement here, PFI said that the morning-to-evening strike has been called in Kerala on Friday in protest against the action of the central agencies. Its state committee felt that the arrests of the organization’s leaders were part of “state-sponsored terrorism”, the statement said. PFI state general secretary A Abdul Sattar said, “The state will go on strike on September 23 against the attempt by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-controlled fascist government to suppress the voice of dissent by using central agencies.” Said that the strike would be held from 6 am to 6 pm.

PFI workers march to the raided places
As soon as the news of the raids broke in the morning, PFI workers marched towards the places where the raids were conducted and raised slogans against the Center and its investigative agencies. However, central forces were already deployed at all such places. A PFI source said here that protest marches were taken out in almost all the districts including Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kottayam, Ernakulam and Thrissur. The source told PTI, “The raids were carried out mainly at the offices of (PFI) state and district committees and the residences of its office bearers. Though initially we thought that the raids were conducted by the Enforcement Directorate but later it became clear that it was an action of the NIA.

14 office bearers were detained
The source said that the central agencies have detained 14 office bearers of PFI including national, state and district level leaders from Kerala. He told that PFI state president CP Mohammad Bashir, national president O. M.A. Salam, National Secretary Nasruddin Elamram are among those who have been detained. Local media reported that all the detained leaders and activists from different parts of the state would be brought to the NIA office in Kochi.

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