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NEW DELHI: The Delhi police has arrested Popular Front of India (PFI) president Parvez Ahmed and its secretary Mohammad Illiyas, for allegedly fuelling protests at Delhi's Shaheen Bagh.

The police crackdown comes on the heels of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) acting against the organisation for alleged money laundering and financing anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests across the country.

The outfit, headquartered in Shaheen Bagh, has been accused by the Centre and the police of having financed the Shaheen Bagh protests, which have now entered their third month.

Earlier this month, the ED quizzed several PFI functionaries in New Delhi after the probe agency found 50 crore cash from unnamed sources, following which it also seized documents which point to Parvez Ahmed's alleged involvement in financing the Shaheen Bagh protests.

Protesting against the arrest, the PFI in a statement said, "While involved in preparations for a democratic protest Popular Front State President Parvez Ahmed, State Secretary Mohammed Ilyas, State office secretary Muqeet were taken to police custody. Earlier another Popular Front member Danish was arrested on fabricated charges and a smear campaign is ongoing to defame Popular Front of India. In fact, the target is not merely a particular organisation, but all voices and endeavours opposed to RSS-BJP agenda of CAA-NPR-NRC and Delhi Pogrom."

The ED had, as part of its probe, also quizzed the outfit's office bearers, including Ahmed, PFI Delhi secretary Abdul Muqeet, PFI national secretary Anis Ahmed, RIF secretary Afsel Chandrankandy and PFI’s national headquarters accountant K P Jaseer.

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