INDIA. Mumbai: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted searches at 40 locations in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in connection with the alleged terror links of the Popular Front of India (PFI) and detained four accused on Sunday, September 18.
“NIA conducts searches at multiple locations in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in a case registered against the PFI cadres in Nizamabad by Telangana Police on July 4, which the NIA later took over. PFI Case (RC-03/2022/NIA/HYD),” the NIA tweeted.
The case was initially registered as FIR No 121/2022 on July 04 at Nizamabad police station, Telangana. During the investigation by state police, four accused, namely Abdul Kadar (52), Sheikh Sahadulla (40), Mohmed Imran (22), and Mohmed Abdul Mobin (27), were arrested by the Telangana Police. Later the case was re-registered by NIA on August 26.
On Sunday, the NIA conducted searches at 38 locations in Telangana (23 in Nizamabad, 04 in Hyderabad, 07 in Jagiytal, 02 in Nirmal, and 01 each in Adilabad and Karim Nagar districts) and on 02 locations in Andhra Pradesh (Kurnool and Nellore districts) in the case related to Abdul Kadar of Nizamabad district in Telangana and 26 other persons.
The accused were organizing camps for imparting training to commit terrorist acts and to promote enmity between different groups based on religion, the NIA statement said.
Incriminating materials, including digital devices, documents, two daggers, and cash of Rs 831500/- were seized during the searches. Four persons have been detained for questioning. Further investigations in the case are in progress, the NIA statement said.
On July 6, the Nizamabad police arrested four PFI activists for allegedly training Muslim young men in anti-national activities. They were booked under Section 120-A (criminal conspiracy by two or more persons), 120-B (criminal conspiracy for serious offence), 153-A (promoting enmity between two different groups), and 141 (unlawful assembly), besides Section 13(1)(b) of Unlawful Activities (Preventions) Act – 1967.
Abdul Qadar, a karate instructor, was engaged by the other three accused for providing training to gullible Muslim youth from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in various martial arts and using lethal weapons.
Kadar was stated to have given training to over 200 Muslim youth in karate, kung fu, and the use of lethal weapons on the upper portion of his residence.
Sources said that the interrogation of the arrested accused revealed that the PFI was trying to brainwash the local Muslim youth in Sharia law and Islamic fundamentalism and recruit them for anti-national activities.
The PFI is an extremist Islamic organization in India, formed as a successor to National Development Front (NDF) in 2006 and merged with the National Development Front and other organizations. It is accused of its involvement in anti-national and anti-social activities by the Indian government.