Bhopal, Sep 22 (PTI) Four activists of the Popular Front of India (PFI) have been arrested from Madhya Pradesh as part of a nationwide campaign led by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) for alleged terrorist financing. An official disclosed this information on Thursday.
Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra said the matter was serious and the NIA had taken the help of the state police to arrest the PFI operatives.
Without giving further details, three of these activists were arrested from Sadar Bazaar and other parts of Indore, the official said. Police, however, did not share details of the fourth arrest.
On Thursday morning, multiple agencies led by the NIA conducted simultaneous raids in 11 states and arrested 106 Popular Front of India (PFI) activists for allegedly sponsoring terrorism in the country.
When asked about this by the media, Mishra said that the NIA had taken the help of the state police. Mishra, however, refused to share more details, saying, “It is a confidential matter and the National Intelligence Agency is leading the operation.” My ministry is fully aware of this, but as it is a serious matter, we must maintain its secrecy.
Officials said maximum arrests were made in Kerala (22), followed by Maharashtra (20), Karnataka (20), Tamil Nadu (10), Assam (9), Uttar Pradesh (8) and Andhra Pradesh (5). , Madhya Pradesh (4), Puducherry (3), Delhi (3) and Rajasthan (2).
The NIA called it a “biggest investigative operation”.
Details of those arrested are not yet available, but the officers were arrested by NIA, Enforcement Directorate (ED) and police forces from 11 states.
According to officials, raids are being conducted on the premises of people allegedly involved in financing terrorists, training them and tricking people into joining banned organisations.
PFI was established in 2006 in Kerala and is headquartered in Delhi. He says he is trying to start a new social movement for the empowerment of the marginalized classes in India.
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