PFI leaders' Gulf visits to be probed

Published: 22nd September 2010 03:53 AM
The PFI activists taking out a rally against the police action in Kollam.(file photo)

KOCHI: The international network of the Popular Front of India (PFI) activists will soon be brought under the scanner as the police have decided to probe thoroughly the foreign trips undertaken by the PFI and the SDPI leaders in the past couple of years, particularly to the Gulf countries.

A highly placed police official said they would collect the passport and visa details of all the PFI leaders and certain PFI activists, who have been listed as the accused in the Thodupuzha Newman College teacher assault case.

The probe will help the police ascertain whether the PFI activists have been to any foreign country.

"We have already collected the passport details of certain accused in the teacher attack case. We strongly suspect that certain accused and the PFI leaders have been to foreign countries, mainly to the Gulf, in the last few years," the official said, and added that the police had already collected details about the Gulf visit of one of the toprung leaders of the PFI.

A police team led by Aluva ASP J Jayanath had questioned many PFI leaders and activists after the team recovered several incriminating documents during the raids conducted on the PFI offices and the residences of the PFI activists.

At present, the cases pertaining to the seizure of a Taliban CD and incriminating documents from the residence of the PFI activists were being probed by the newly formed Internal Security Investigation Team (ISIT). The Gulf countries had been under the scanner of the Central intelligence agencies and the state police after it was ascertained that many of the accused in terrorrelated cases in the state were holed up there.

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