NIA alleges PFI encouraged youth to join LeT, ISIS; wanted to establish Islamic rule in Indiatext_fields
Kochi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has claimed that the documents seized during the nationwide raids conducted at offices of the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its leaders contain highly incriminating materials targeting prominent leaders of a particular community.
In a remand report submitted before the NIA special court seeking custody of 10 people in connection with a case registered here, the agency also alleged that the radical outfit encouraged youth to join terrorist groups including Lashkar-e-Taiba and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
The report, which was submitted on September 22, further claims that the outfit also conspired to establish Islamic rule in India by committing terrorist acts as a part of violent jihad.
It said the PFI spreads "disaffection against India by wrongful interpretation of government policies to the particular section of people" to create hatred against the state and its machineey.
"During the investigation, based on materials collected, it has been disclosed that the accused named in the FIR were actively involved in the organized crimes and unlawful activities repeatedly, to terrorize other religious sections of the society, besides creating fear in the mind of the general public based on the larger conspiracy hatched among themselves and others," the report said.
In near-simultaneous raids across the country, a multi-agency operation spearheaded by the NIA on September 22 led to the arrest of 106 activists of the Popular Front of India in 11 States for allegedly supporting terror activities in the country.
"The seized documents also contain highly incriminating materials related to the targeting of prominent leaders of a particular community. The Hit List seized clearly shows that the PFI, which is working through its leaders, members, and associates, has gone far ahead in creating atrocities among the community," the report said.
It said with an intention to disrupt public tranquillity and to propagate an alternative justice delivery system, "the PFI encouraged youths to join the terrorist organizations" including Lashkar-e-Taiba, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and Al-Qaida and "also conspired to establish Islamic rule in India by committing a terrorist act" as a part of violent jihad.
"The case involves key players of the society, and they are highly influential, even to the effect of stalling the community and its progress by a mere call. The common man stands threatened by the stand taken by the accused and their henchmen," the report added.
The agency said the devices confiscated from the accused and from the offices of the PFI needed to be analyzed at CDAC in Thiruvananthapuram.
The probe agency had produced 10 accused before the court and sought custody of them to "unearth larger conspiracy hatched by the accused/cadres and office bearers/leaders of PFI".
It said the Ministry of Home Affairs had on September 16 directed it to probe the matter, following which a case was registered on September 29 under various sections of the IPC and the UAPA.
The NIA court had remanded the accused to judicial custody.
The maximum number of arrests were made in Kerala (22) followed by Maharashtra and Karnataka (20 each), Tamil Nadu (10), Assam (9), Uttar Pradesh (8), Andhra Pradesh (5), Madhya Pradesh (4), Puducherry and Delhi (3 each) and Rajasthan (2).