The Karnataka government today banned the Islamic outfit Popular Front of India’s (PFI) protests across the state. The ban was processed after a Kerala High Court direction in this matter. The court today initiated a suo moto case against PFI for illegal one-day hartal in Kerla. It had rdered that nobody can call for a bandh in the state without prior notice for seven days.
Following the court order, Karnataka’s Home Minister Araga Jnanendra today said that they have started the process to ban the PFI. He also confirmed that the state police searched 18 places yesterday and 15 people were picked up for questioning and seven people were arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
He said that an FIR has been registered in this matter and further investigation was going on.
Reports said that more than 50 PFI workers were detained in Hubli. The workers today gathered at Dakkappa circle and raised slogans against NIA and BJP government. They also tried to block the local road.
The PFI workers called a hartal to protest against the raids in the offices and residences of its leaders across the country.
The Muslim organisations have criticized the NIA raids on PFI leaders. Indian American Muslim Council wrote on Twitter that its organisation strongly condemned the arbitrary arrest of more than 100 Muslim leaders — mostly associated with the Popular Front of India (PFI) — in post-midnight raids across various Indian states. This was a massive crackdown on India’s Muslim leadership.
However, All India Pasmanda Muslim Mahaz has criticized the PFI activities in the country. It said that PFI was trying to mislead the country by acting as the saviour of Islam. Requesting a ban on the PFI, it said that they have protested against their policies.
Senior Congress leader Pawan Kheda also said that there should be zero tolerance toward communalism.