Raids on PFI, SDPI offices across state - The New Indian Express

Raids on PFI, SDPI offices across state

Published: 14th July 2010 04:12 AM

Last Updated: 16th May 2012 01:40 PM

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The police on Tuesday conducted raids on the offices of Popular Front of India (PFI) and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) across the state.

Raids were conducted at various places in Kasargod, Malappuram and Wayanad districts. A computer, several CDs and pamphlets were seized from the PFI office in Nayanmarmoola in Kasargod. The police also raided the office of the SDPI in Vidyanagar and seized some documents. The offices of the PFI in Eriyal and Chowki were also raided. In Thrikkaripur, the police raided the office of a travel agency in the town and seized some passport applications.

Raids were also conducted at suspected hideouts and offices of the alleged frontal organisations of the PFI across Wayanad district on Tuesday. The houses of PFI workers were also raided. The raids were conducted at places under 14 police station limits, including Sulthan Bathery, Vellamunda, Kalpetta, Mananthavadi, Kambalakkad and Panamaram, according to District Superintendent of Police G Sparjan Kumar.

"No evidence has emerged so far to link these persons or organisations to any terrorist activities and no arrests have been made,'' he said.

At Mananthavadi, the police team raided the office of the Islamic Study Centre near the bus stand and the premises of St Peters' and St Paul's Church, which is close to the Islamic trust. At Chettappalam, the police raided a work shop which is allegedly owned by a Popular Front leader. At Kalpetta, the house of Popular Front activist Sadiq was raided.

In Thiruvananthapuram, the raids were carried out on the office of PFI at Manacaud and the office of SDPI at Oottukuzhi, behind the Secretariat. PFI activists later took out a march in the city protesting against the police action. In Kollam district the police raided certain centres of PFI in Karunagapally, Kundara and Thenmala. Raids were also conducted on the offices of PFI and SDPI in Alappuzha, besides other districts. In many places, the PFI activists were said to have shifted objectionable materials as they expected a police action.

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