Three PFI offices sealed in Assam, members closely monitored

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No arrests have been made in this regard since the arrest of 25 PFI employees from eight districts of the state on September 27.

Guwahati. Three offices of the banned Popular Front of India (PFI) in Assam have been sealed and members are closely monitored. A police official announced this on Thursday. Additional Director-General of Police (Special Branch) Hiren Nath told PTI that in addition to the organization’s Assam headquarters in Hati village, offices in Karimganj and Baksa have also been sealed after the center imposed restrictions. He said: “We are closely monitoring the situation. Since the arrest of 25 PFI employees from eight districts of the state on September 27, no more arrests have been made in this regard. We will arrest all wanted persons in the police registered cases.” He said a case has been registered against 25 activists and the police of the respective districts are investigating them. The investigation is being followed by police headquarters. Nath said that the Assam Police Department’s Special Operations Unit (SOU) arrested 11 people on September 22-23 for their links to PFI’s activities and that the state police headquarters were monitoring these cases.

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Nath is also the head of the SOU. Meanwhile, Farhad Ali, an arrested PFI employee who is also the general secretary of the AIUDF Barpeta district, has been suspended from the party’s primary membership shortly after the ban was announced. Aminul Islam, general secretary (organization) of the opposition AIUDF, said Ali has been suspended and all responsibilities have been removed from him. Abdul Khalek, member of Congress Rajya Sabha, told PTI that the Center should tell the people the real reason for the ban and what the anti-national activities were based on which this move was taken in Assam. Khaleque said: “People have a right to know about the anti-national activity for which PFI was banned. As far as we know no weapons or ammunition were found belonging to an employee in Assam…if it had been done for hate speech or false propaganda, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, who has been banned three times before, would have done the same. Is.”

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Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the state government has written to the Center several times to demand a ban on PFI, saying it is responsible for creating an ecosystem of terrorist activities perpetrated by ISIS and Al Qaeda on the Indian subcontinent. participation in sponsored radical modules. A senior government official said the PFI’s activities have emerged in Assam’s minority-dominated districts as of 2014, when it helped the community file documents for inclusion of their names in the National Register of Citizens (NRC). . began. He said previous PFI employees were mainly involved in educational activities in ‘char’ areas dominated by Bengali-speaking Muslims. “We used to get regular information from ‘char’ areas that most of the Hindi speaking people are from out of state and hold meetings on the grounds of private madrasas. We had also stopped some meetings because they were held in violation of prohibitions.” The PFI came into the limelight in particular during the 2019 protests against the amended citizenship law, and some of its activists were arrested for pelting stones during the violent agitation against the controversial law. The official said on condition of anonymity that the organization has since made every effort to stoke community tensions in the state.

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