PFI maintained secret wing; made hitlist of members from other communities: NIA

Kochi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has told a court that the banned Popular Front of India (PFI) was maintaining a secret wing.

The NIA also said that the secret wing worked in the agency’s offices and made a list of people from other communities. “The secret wing had a state-wide network and was responsible for collecting data and preparing the list,” the investigating agency told the Kochi court.

He also told the court that the NIA has evidence of IS links between the leaders.

The disclosure was part of a plea to the court to extend the prison terms of the arrested PFI state leaders.

The court extended the period of detention of the accused for another 90 days.

In almost simultaneous raids across the country, a multi-agency operation led by the NIA on September 22 arrested 106 PFI activists in 11 states for aiding terror activities in the country, officials said.

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).

The NIA filed serious charges against the banned PFI and its arrested leaders and said that the documents seized in the raids contained highly incriminating materials targeting important leaders of a particular community.

The agency also alleged that the radical Islamist outfit encouraged youths to join terrorist groups Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda.

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