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Explained: Why Centre govt bans PFI for 5 years?

Explained: Why Centre govt bans PFI only for 5 years?

The Popular Front of India or PFI and its affiliated organizations or institutions have been declared “illegal entities”. The Union Home Office has issued a notice stating that PFI will continue to be considered an illegal institution for the next five years.

The central government, in its order, has spoken of ‘toughening up a certain section executing a secret agenda’ and ‘associating with terrorist organizations’ over PFI.

Centre govt bans PFI

The order reads: “The PFI and its affiliated organizations or affiliated institutions or lead organizations operate as a socio-economic and political organization, but with a covert agenda to radicalize a particular sector of society, to radicalize the concept of democracy. Let’s work to weaken it.”

At the same time, it has also been said that “PFI has been involved in many criminal and terrorist cases and does not respect the constitutional authority of the country. At the same time, it has become a great threat to the internal security of the country by taking funds from the Exterior”.

The order said that the PFI has links to two such organizations in Bangladesh and India that are banned.

It says: “The PFI has also had links with the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen terrorist organization in Bangladesh. Some of the founding members of the PFI have been leaders of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). Both are banned organizations.”

The Home Office order stated that “there are several instances of PFI links to global terrorist groups. Some PFI members have joined ISIS and engaged in terrorist activities in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. They have been killed in conflict zones in these countries. Many cadres have been arrested by the state and central police.”

10 important points

  • PFI and its affiliated organizations and institutions- Rehab India Foundation (RIF), Campus Front of India (CFI), All India Imam Council (AIIC), National Confederation of Human Rights Organization (NCHRO), National Women’s Front, Junior Front, Empower India Foundation and Rehab Foundation, Kerala have been banned for five years.
  • Under sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, the central government has banned PFI, its affiliated organizations and institutions for five years.
  • PFI, its affiliates and its affiliated organizations publicly function as a socio-economic and political organization but it works towards undermining the concept of democracy by radicalizing a section of the society under a covert agenda And show disrespect to the constitutional authority and constitutional structure of the country.
  • PFI has been involved in many criminal and terrorist cases and it disrespects the constitutional authority of the country. At the same time, it has become a big threat to the internal security of the country by taking funding from outside.
  • There are many examples of PFI’s links with global terrorist groups. Some members of the PFI have joined ISIS and have participated in terrorist activities in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Some PFI cadres have been killed in conflict zones of these countries. Several cadres have been arrested by the state and central police.
  • The PFI has also had links with the terrorist organization Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh. Some of the founding members of PFI have been leaders of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). Both of these are banned organizations.
  • PFI has been involved in many criminal and terrorist cases and it disrespects the constitutional authority of the country. At the same time, it has become a big threat to the internal security of the country by taking funding from outside.
  • The PFI cadre has been involved in many terrorist activities and many individuals, such as Sanjeet (November 2021), V. Ramalingam (2019), Nandu (2021), Abhimanyu (2018), Bibian (2017), Sharath (2017), R. Rudresh (2016), Praveen Pujari (2016), Shashi Kumar (2016) and Praveen Netaru (2022) are involved in the murder. These killings were done with the intention of disturbing the public peace and instilling fear in the minds of the people.
  • PFI officials, cadres and others associated with it are raising funds from within and outside India as part of a well-planned criminal conspiracy through banking channels, hawala, donations and then layering that money through multiple accounts to make it appear legitimate, Integrate and thus use this funding for various criminal and illegal terrorist activities in the country.
  • The sources of money deposited by PFI in several bank accounts belonging to them did not match with the financial profile of the account holders and the functions of PFI were also not found as per its stated objectives. Therefore, the Income Tax Department canceled its registration in March 2021 under Section 12-A of the Income Tax Act 1961. And the registration of the organization related to it, Rehab India Foundation, was also canceled.

What is PFI?

PFI was established on February 17, 2007. It is basically a South Indian organization. The National Development Front (NDF) in Kerala, Tamil Nadu’s Manitha Nithi Pasarai and the Karnataka Forum for Dignity merged the three entities into the People’s Front of India (PFI) in 2006 at a meeting in Kozhikode, Kerala. had decided to do

Two years after the merger of three organizations from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, five organizations from the western Indian state of Goa, northern Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and the northeastern state of Manipur merged into the PFI.

Describing itself as “India’s fastest growing cadre-based mass movement”, the PFI has spread across 23 states and claims a membership of four lakhs.

In its report sent to the Ministry of the Interior, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had said that this institution is spread over 23 states.

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