NIA raids 2.0: Multiple PFI members detained across India; 80 PFI, SDPI members detained in Karnataka; 30 detained in Delhi, Section 144 imposed in Shaheen Bagh

The Karnataka police detained over 80 people in an eight-hour operation on Tuesday, primarily office holders and members of the Popular Front of India (PFI) and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) from across the state, on the basis of intelligence reports that they were attempting to sow discord in society.

“We have taken them [PFI workers] into preventive custody and we’ll keep watch on other elements. We’ll ensure that there is no sensitive issue or any issue which disrupts public order in Karnataka. In this regard we have taken the decision to conduct the raid,” said Alok Kumar, ADGP Karnataka.

“These people in the past have a history [of disrupting social harmony] and they have been indulging in anti-social and anti-national activity,” he added.

In Maharashtra, the Maharashtra Police have also detained Sohail Naqvi, the leader of the extreme Amravati Popular Front of India (PFI), in accordance with section 121(1) of the Criminal Procedure Code.

An active PFI worker from Kalyan was taken into custody by Maharashtra police on Tuesday morning as part of a combined operation with the Thane crime branch. At Azad Chali in the Rohidas Wada neighbourhood of Kalyan West, Fardeen resides with his mother and wife. The investigation agencies are questioning Fardeen in-depth.

Four PFI members were detained by the Thane crime branch during the operations. One each from Bhiwandi and Kalyan and two from Mumbra make up the suspects. In the raids, PFI members Dawood Siraj Ahmed Shaikh, Abdul Mateen Shekhani, Fardeen Jameel Paikar, and Ashik Ansari were detained.

Six PFI supporters have been held in Pune by the state police for questioning regarding the purported money. This police operation is in collaboration with nationwide raids by the ATS and NIA.

“Network of PFI will completely be demolished. Vigilance has increased in the entire state. People are under surveillance. Under no circumstances will we allow illegal activities in UP. Will take strict action,” Uttar Pradesh Deputy CM Brajesh Pathak said.

Today in Lucknow, authorities detained about ten PFI members. They were taken into custody in Lucknow, Itaunja, and Bakshi Talab. Everybody is being interrogated. All of the individuals from Wasim and Majid’s network have been detained and are undergoing interrogation. Teams from the UP STF and UP ATS are also questioning the suspects at this time.

From 8 districts in Assam, up to 21 PFI members have been apprehended. Eight districts make up the region: Goalpara, Kamrup, Barpeta, Dhubri, Bagsa, Darrang, udalguri, and Karimganj.

Whereas in Delhi, since late Monday night, PFI-related raids have been occurring in a number of Delhi neighbourhoods, including Shaheen Bagh and Jamia. During the raids, some 30 persons were taken into custody. The raids were conducted by teams from the Delhi Police Special Cell and neighbourhood police stations in addition to the investigating agencies. Four persons, all from north-east Delhi, have been apprehended.

While NIA raids against PFI are in progress, paramilitary forces and local police are present in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh.

The Jamia University administration has sent out a circular informing the students that Section 144 will continue to be in effect until November 17. Students at Jamia University have been told not to congregate or leave the campus in groups. If someone is proven to be breaching the law, the university will take strict action.