Kozhikode: Terming the Centre’s move to ban Popular Front of India (PFI) under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) on alleged terror links as undemocratic, the radical outfit today pledged to counter it legally and democratically.
Talking to reporters here, PFI Chairman E. Aboobacker and Kerala state President Nasaruddin Elamaram said the outfit is duty-bound to take on the ”onslaught’ by the Central government driven by Hindutva fascism, the biggest internal threat faced by the country.”
Expressing strong protest on the move, they said a section of media had released sensational stories against the PFI following a purported report submitted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) linking it on four issues.
These included chopping of a wrist of a college teacher in Muvattupuzha on allegation of blasphemy in 2010, they said, adding that the PFI had already denied its role in the attack on Prof. T.J. Joseph of Newmen College, Thodupuzha.
“The other issues were conducting health and education campaign at Narath in Kannur district, recruitment of activists to Islamic State functioning in Iraq and Syria and conversion of Hadia of Vaikom to Islam and her marriage to a Muslim thereafter,” they said.
“Kerala High Court had already dismissed the NIA appeal on Narath health and education campaign,” they said.
On the recruitment, they said about 100 people from India with a population of more than 125 crore had reportedly joined the terror module and left for Syria and Afghanistan.
“However, the PFI had already cautioned its activists against the IS and appeasement made by it luring people to its fold,” they said.
Describing the Hadia case as a ‘love jihad’ script prepared by the Hindutva forces, they said it was the High Court which had ordered to impart Islamic education to Hadia at Islamic Education Centre Satyasarani at Manjeri in Malappuram district and appointed National Women’s Front all India President A.S. Sainaba as her local guardian.
Home Ministry had recently submitted a report to the Centre recommending action against the PFI linking its alleged connection with terror outfits.
In the report based on a dossier by the NIA, a senior Home Ministry official said: ”We have enough materials on PFI’s terror links. The time has come to act and carry out a crackdown on it.”