MHA declares PFI ‘unlawful’, bans it for five years

Dr B Thomas (Special Correspondent)

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday declared the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its front organisations including its student wing- the Campus Front of India (CFI) as an “unlawful association” under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

organisation has been banned for five years along with eight associates or front organisations.

The MHA has also issued another order empowering States to notify places associated with PFI and its front organisations where unlawful activity is taking place.

According to the order,District Magistrate will make a list of immovable properties of the organisation and make an order that no person who at the date of the notification was not a resident in the notified place shall,without the permission of the District Magistrate,enter,or be on or in,the notified place.

State Governments of Uttar Pradesh,Karnataka and Gujarat have recommended a ban on PFI, MHA said.

It added that if there is no immediate ban, the group will continue its subversive activities, disturbing public order and undermining the constitutional set-up of the country; encourage and enforce a terror-based regressive regime;

Hcontinue to propagate anti-national sentiments and radicalise a particular section of society with the intention to create disaffection against the country and aggravate activities which are detrimental to the integrity, security and sovereignty of the country.

The ban comes close on the heels of a countrywide raid on September 22 when 109 members of the groups were arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and other agencies.

MHA will now set up a tribunal under UAPA to try the case where PFI could defend its case against the ban.

In a notification,MHA said some of the PFI’s founding members are the leaders of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and have linkages with Jamat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), both of which are proscribed organisations.

It said that the group also has linkages to global terrorist organisations such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and participated in terror activities in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. I

t said the PFI cadres linked to ISIS have been killed in these conflict theatres and some have been arrested by State Police and Central Agencies.

PFI and its associates “operate openly as a socio-economic, educational and political organisation but, they have been pursuing a secret agenda to radicalise a particular section of the society working towards undermining the concept of democracy and show sheer disrespect towards the constitutional authority and constitutional set up of the country.

Karnataka Home minister Araga Jnanendra welcomed the central govt. Decision to ban PFI and its allied forces for five years under UAPA Act.

The centre has taken right decision to protect the integrity and unity of the country by banning PFI which is posing threat with subversive activities..

The central govt. Has collected details before taking this action.