The central government on Tuesday evening announced a 5-year ban on the People’s Front of India (PFI) and its affiliated organisations. The ban comes after a nationwide crackdown on the PFI and its associates by investigative agencies that was carried out in the space of 2 weeks and has resulted in 247 arrests to date.
The central government, in its statement, informed that PFI and its associates have been banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). The center also said that the political organization is linked to the Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), Jamat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and the Islamic State (ISIS).
The Home Office in its published statement added that the PFI was pursuing a covert agenda to radicalize a sect in society and added that the organization and its affiliates have the potential to disrupt community peace and harmony. by jeopardizing the integrity, sovereignty and security of the country.
Throughout the nationwide raids on PFI and its affiliates, in a collaborative NIA effort, ED and the administration were able to cover 15 states, leading to 100 arrests on September 22. While in the second round, on September 27, the balance sheet of arrests amounted to 247 arrests according to the counts.
Affiliated organizations which are banned for 5 years include Rehab India Foundation (RIF), Campus Front of India (CF), All India Imams Council (AIIC), National Confederation of Human Rights Organization (NCHRO), National Women’s Front, Junior Front, Empower India Foundation and Rehab Foundation, Kerala.
The decision to ban the organization and its affiliates was made based on reports from the investigative agency. The ban was also implemented after considering recommendations from three states, Karnataka, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh.
Many BJP leaders celebrated and hailed the action taken by the central government when Delhi BJP leader Kapil Mishra came forward and wrote on his Twitter that banning the PFI is a crucial step to stop the Islamic Jihad.
However, Congress party MP Kodikunnil Suresh looked at the centre’s ban on PFI and added that it is not the solution and further remarked that the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh is also a counterpart to the threat of harmony because the RSS is also spreading Hindu communalism throughout the country. . Why is the RSS not subject to such bans, the Congress leader asked.