Kerala demands ban on PFI from Central Government


The Popular Front of India (PFI), a Muslim organisation working in Kerala that is mainly operating out of the State, is about to stop its operations as the state administration has asked the government to put a ban on PFI.


The proposal for the ban was proposed by the police chief of Kerala “Lokanath Behera” when he gave detailed presentation on the PFI’s growth and activities in the state. All this was discussed at the annual DGP meet held in Madhya Pradesh’s Tekanpur in January


The session was attended by PM Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other senior officials in the security establishment.


Police chief Behera listed several cases where members of the PFI were found involved in criminal activities. However, the Centre will collect more facts and evidence about the activities of the outfit before declaring it an “unlawful association”, as official said.


The official also said, “It has never happened in the past that activities of a particular organisation were discussed threadbare at a DGP meet. The PFI is under the scanner, but is not yet banned. On earlier occasions, organisations like SIMI (Students’ Islamic Movement of India) and Indian Mujahideen were discussed at DGP meets, but only after they were banned.”


Also the National Investigation Agency had last year sent a detailed report to the Home Ministry and mentioned four cases where cadres of the PFI had either been charge-sheeted or convicted. The NIA said it examined nine cases where men and women converted to Islam and in at least four of them, the involvement of members of the PFI was established.