THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The murder of Maharaja’s College student allegedly by activists of the Campus Front of India, the student organisation of the Popular Front of India (PFI), will further strengthen the stance of the Central Government which is mulling a ban on PFI.
The Union Government had already sought reports from Central agencies, including the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Intelligence Bureau (IB), on the alleged involvement of PFI in various unlawful activities in Kerala.
According to sources, the NIA and IB have been monitoring the activities of PFI and allied organisations in connection with extremist activities. After the murder of RSS leader Rudresh in Bengaluru last year, the Centre has been planning to impose sanctions of the activities of PFI.
“The report was sought from Central agencies, which are monitoring the activities of PFI, and the agency which probed the cases involving it. The agencies are looking into the unlawful activities involving the organisation, which include murders, cases under the Arms Act and the Explosive Substances Act. The plan to impose a ban is only in the proposal stage and we do not know about the decision made by the Centre in this regard. The stance of the state government will also be considered in this matter,” sources said.
The PFI claims to have a presence in 23 states in the country. It has a strong base in Kerala with it cadre active across the state. The involvement of PFI activists in the Muvattupuzha palm chopping case and the armed training held at Narath in Kannur was exposed. Similarly, the NIA investigation into the Islamic State (IS) cases had found several PFI leaders and sympathisers from Kerala had left for Syria to join the terror group during the past two years. Currently, the NIA is probing five cases involving PFI activists from Kerala who have allegedly joined the IS in Syria.
“Involvement of Campus Front of India activists in the attack at Maharaja’s College and subsequent murder of a student will strengthen the government stand to ban PFI. The matter will be reported to the Home Ministry which has proposed sanctions against the PFI,” sources said.
Earlier this year, the Kerala Police had come out with a statement making it clear it had not filed any formal request to the Central Government for banning PFI.
However, a presentation on the activities of PFI in Kerala was made during the annual DGPs’ conference held in Madhya Pradesh in January. Meanwhile, attempts to contact the PFI spokesman turned futile.