Lens on suspected PFI leader's terror links

Published: 04th August 2016 06:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th August 2016 06:49 AM   |  A+A-

KOCHI: The state police Internal Security Investigation Team (ISIT), Thiruvananthapuram Unit, have been interrogating a suspected leader of the proscribed Popular Front of India (PFI) in a case pertaining to the seizure of extremist literature promoting al-Qaeda terror outfit. Kunjumon hailing from Aluva, who is being quizzed by the  Internal Security Investigation Team , had evaded arrest for the last six years.

Following the raid at his Aluva residence in 2010, which resulted in the recovery of extremist literature, the 39-year-old had gone underground. After being on the run for six years he surrendered before the Additional Sessions Court last week.

On Wednesday, the ISIT filed a petition seeking custody of the accused following which he was remanded in ISIT custody till Saturday.

According to the ISIT officials, Kunjumon is believed to have close links with the accused in the palm chopping case. “He was an active leader of PFI and propagated extremist ideology promoting jihad against the country. The case against him was registered in 2010 under various Sections of the IPC and the UAPA.

“As part of investigation into palm chopping case, raids were carried out at the residences of various PFI activists in the state.

“During the raid at Kunjumon’s Aluva residence, several CDs and documents promoting al-Qaeda and its operations were recovered. The banned literature was recovered from a Toyota Innova car parked on the residential premises,” an  Internal Security Investigation Team  official said.Earlier, his name was among the list of the suspects in the palm chopping case, but his involvement could not be established.

The case, which had been initially probed by Ernakulam Rural Police, was later taken over by the Internal Security Investigation Team .


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