PFI hit squads, IS links under lens, says NIA | Latest News India


Members of the banned Popular Front of India (PFI) in Kerala were in touch with Islamic State (IS) and Al Qaeda leaders and also had a list of people from other communities, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has told a special court. Kochi on Tuesday.

The federal agency also said the outfit was spreading disaffection and hostility towards the country through misinterpretation of government policies.

The NIA was seeking an extension of the judicial custody of 14 senior state leaders who were arrested in September when it made submissions on the report on the extension of detention. “The IS and Al Qaeda terrorist organizations use the country’s anti-state and religious terrorist organizations for subversive activities in countries where their direct operations are not possible. The NIA has received indications that PFI leaders from Kerala were in touch with IS, some Al-Qaeda leaders,” the NIA said.

“The investigation also revealed moves by PFI leaders through social media groups to involve youths in terrorist activities. Several people have already been questioned…”, he added.

The PFI and eight of its affiliates were banned on September 28 after a nationwide crackdown by the NIA and the Enforcement Directorate led to the arrest and recovery of allegedly incriminating documents from its members. The Center said the PFI was involved in violent terrorist activities with the aim of creating a reign of terror in the country.

The special court on Tuesday extended the imprisonment of the 14 arrested leaders to 90 days.

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