Home / News / India /  Delhi NIA court extends 19 PFI members' custody by 5 more days

The pan-India crackdown on Popular Front of India (PFI) by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Enforcement Directorate (ED)  took place on 22 September, wherein 106 people were arrested for being associated with the Indian Islamist political organisation. A Delhi National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday 26 September remanded the nineteen arrested to 5 more days, news agency ANI reported. 

Their 4-day custody by the investigative agency had ended today. 

The largest-ever crackdown that was conducted by NIA against the Popular Front of India (PFI) members spread across 15 states was code-named “Operation Octopus". 

The joint teams of the National Investigative Agency (NIA) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested over 106 PFI members in multiple raids spread across several states on September 22. The NIA and Enforcement Directorate conducted raids in Andhra Pradesh (4 places), Telangana (1), Delhi (19), Kerala (11), Karnataka (8), Tamil Nadu (3), Uttar Pradesh (1), Rajasthan (2), Hyderabad (5), Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, West Bengal, Bihar, and Manipur.

The searches were conducted in connection with five cases registered by the NIA that the PFI leaders and cadres were involved in the funding of terrorism and terrorist activities, organising training camps for providing armed training, and radicalising people to join banned organisations.

A large number of criminal cases have been registered in different states over the last few years against the PFI. The news agency said that criminal violent acts "carried out" by PFI include chopping off the hand of a college professor, cold-blooded killings of persons associated with organisations espousing other faiths, collection of explosives to target prominent people and places, support for Islamic State and destruction of public property.

After the crackdown, the PFI on Friday called for a 12-hour shutdown in Kerala, which turned violent in parts of the state. Stones were pelted at various places, including at the RSS office at Mattannur in Kannur. Two police officials were also injured in the incident in Kollam.

Meanwhile, PFI on Thursday, while condemning the raids by the NIA and the ED against its leaders, stated that it will "never surrender" and alleged that the agency's claims are aimed at "creating an atmosphere of terror".

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