KOCHI: The gruesome murder of SFI leader Abhimanyu, 19, has brought the focus back into the growing deep-rooted influence of hardline organisation Campus Front of India, the student outfit of Popular Front of India in the campuses across the state.
The student organisation was launched in 2009 in Kerala. Interestingly, the outfit has slowly crept into the colleges and become capable of physically eliminating their opponents in this short span of time. Allegations are on rife that PFI, a new of version of banned NDF, is extending support to this student wing to combat the opponent physically and financially. PFI leaders have been entrusted to coordinate the activities of Campus Front in various colleges.
Campus Front of India claims it is a neo-social student's movement, which aims to empower the campuses by developing a new generation of activists. The organisation is functioning mainly in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and New Delhi. Recently, a campaign it ran, according to its website, is 'Jerusalem belongs to Palestine, in Solidarity with Intifada'. On behalf of Solidarity with Intifada, programmes were conducted in various districts.
"PFI and SDPI, both sides of the same coin, are extending support to Campus Front to expand their base. It is evident that their growth happens in the campuses where there is no other outfits such as MSF against SFI. They are possessing lethal weapons and store it outside the campuses", said a police officer, who investigated cases related to the links of PFI and banned extremist Muslim organisation SIMI.
Interestingly in Kerala, the organization expanded its wing in southern and central districts of the state rather than in Malappuram, Kozhikode and other Malabar districts. Earlier, they fielded candidates for student union elections in University College, Thiruvananthapuram, where no other outfits except SFI have a unit.
"They have not exposed well before students as extremist outfit and feeder organisation of Popular Front of India in the southern districts. However, in Malabar region, MSF, the student wing of IUML and Jamaat-e-Islami's student organisations revealed their real colour", cited Shareef Sagar, a researcher on Islamic politics, based in Kozhikode.
According to him, it is evident that their growth happened in the campuses where SFI have a high-handedness. "As there is no alternative for SFI, the anti-SFI minded assembling under their umbrella without knowing their real character. They put forward a strategy of pro-dalit ideology to woo students and conceal their real nature", he added.
Meanwhile, Campus Front of India state secretariat, in a press release, alleged that SFI attempting for a political exploitation by alleging that the Maharaja's incident a planned murder.