The central government banned the Popular Front of India (PFI) for five years on Wednesday for alleged links to global terrorist groups and terror funding. The PFI, which has now been barred from operating for the next five years, has been on the government’s radar for its alleged role in violent protests across the country. Authorities detained scores of their members on Tuesday and earlier this month in order to keep track of their activities, accusing them of violence and “anti-national” activities.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced late Tuesday night that the central government has decided to ban PFI for the next five years because it has been involved in “subversive activities, thereby disturbing public order and undermining the constitutional set up of the country and encouraging and enforcing a terror-based regressive regime.”
Why was PTI banned?
Anti-national sentiments are being spread
In its order, the government claimed that the PFI was inciting anti-national sentiments. It also claimed that the Popular Front of India was radicalising a specific segment of society in order to sow discontent with the country.
The PFI and its associates, affiliates, or fronts have been working “covertly to increase radicalization of one community by instilling fear in the country, as evidenced by the fact that some PFI cadres have joined international terrorist organisations,” according to the order.
According to the government order, some of the PDI’s founding members are leaders of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), which has also been banned for its activities.
Links with Islamic state
According to the Central Government, there have been several instances of PFI international links with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Islamic State (IS)
Disrespect towards India
The PFI also demonstrated “sheer disrespect for the country’s constitutional authority with funds and ideological support from outside; it has become a major threat to the country’s internal security,” according to the notification.
“The office bearers and cadres of the PFI, along with others, are conspiring and raising funds from within India and abroad through banking channels, hawala, donations, and so on, as part of a well-crafted criminal conspiracy, and then transferring, layering, and integrating these funds through multiple accounts to project them as legitimate and eventually use these funds to carry out various criminal, unlawful, and terrorist activities in India,” the order stated.
PFI cadres have been involved in violent acts
“Investigations in various cases have revealed that the PFI and its cadres have been repeatedly engaging in violent and subversive acts,” according to the government order. “PFI’s criminal violent acts include chopping off the limbs of a college professor, coldblooded killings of persons associated with organisations espousing other faiths, obtaining explosives to target prominent people and places, and destruction of public property,” it said.
9 terrorist attacks against others
The PFI cadres are also accused of participating in a number of terrorist acts and the murder of several people.