PFI 'role' in violence: MHA to decide on action as UP govt seeks ban on outfit

The Uttar Pradesh Home Department will now recommend the ban to the Ministry of Home Affairs at the Centre.

Published: 31st December 2019 01:57 PM  |   Last Updated: 01st January 2020 07:37 PM   |  A+A-

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File photo of recent anti-CAA violence in Lucknowon (Photo | PTI)

By Online Desk

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday said that the role of Popular Front of India (PFI) is coming forward in violence and the Home Ministry will decide on an action against the organisation based on evidence.

"PFI's role in violence is coming forward. The Home Ministry will decide on further action based on evidence. There are many allegations against them including connection with Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI)," Prasad told reporters here.

Earlier, the Uttar Pradesh government had requested the Union home ministry to ban the PFI, an organisation that is said to have played a key role in triggering violence during the recent anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests in the state.

A written communication made to the MHA a day after Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) O P Singh sent a letter to the state home department seeking a ban on the PFI.

Sources said that the MHA has received the Uttar Pradesh government's request letter and is likely to consult legal as well as other concerned departments before imposing a ban on the organisation.

The Ministry is also likely to take inputs from the intelligence and other central government agencies, including the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

The Uttar Pradesh DGP told IANS that the state police force has arrested as many as 23 PFI activists from various violence-hit areas and that made it clear as to who the primary instigator was.

"We have got significant information from the arrested PFI members, but cannot disclose it at this point in time."

This marks the beginning of the process for the ban on the controversial organisation.

Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Maurya, on Tuesday, told reporters that the state government was strongly in favour of banning the PFI.

It is said to be a 'recycled' organisation of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), which was designated as a terrorist organisation and banned in 2001.

"A number of SIMI activists are now in the PFI and have been instigating violence in the state. Nearly 22 of their members have been arrested during recent protests. The PFI is active in seven states including Uttar Pradesh, said Maurya."

(With agency inputs)

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