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Ahead of Centre’s ban, chorus from Sangh, allies

While the association, through its various forums, has been flagging concerns related to the PFI since its formation in 2007, in 2013 it openly named the PFI in a resolution on radical organisations.

In October 2013, the RSS’s Akhil Bharatiya Karyakarta Mandal meeting adopted a resolution in which it expressed “grave concern” over the “increasing radicalization of jihadi forces, especially in the southern states of India”.

Marking the radicalization of Muslim youth, terror training and export modules, attacks on Hindu activists and “active collusion with anti-national Maoists and international jihadi elements”, the resolution said, “The PFI and its front organizations in Kerala The rise of SIMI ban should be seen in this context.

Since then, the Sangh and its allies have consistently expressed concern over the growing influence of the PFI, especially in the context of Sangh members being targeted by suspected PFI activists in Kerala. While the VHP and Bajrang Dal have protested demanding a ban on PFI, the RSS-affiliated magazine ‘Organiser’ has published nearly 300 articles, reports and editorials on PFI in the last five years.

The Sangh’s concern about the PFI in public forums has become more apparent in recent years in the wake of the RSS and BJP Attempts to spread footprints in South India, and result in constant conflict with PFI activists. They also gained momentum after the anti-CAA protests of 2020, when the PFI was accused of being at the forefront of the protests.

PFI Office in New Delhi: Closed and Sealed. PTI

In January 2020, in his editorial written by Prafulla Ketkar, the ‘organiser’ compared the protest against the CAA with the Khilafat movement and called it anti-Hindu. “Fear-delusions created by Communists and Congress and cleverly manipulated by radical Islamic organizations” Popular Front of India It is proving to be undemocratic, violent and divisive as was the case with the Khilafat movement.

In the backdrop of the hijab controversy in Karnataka, the RSS in its annual report released in March in Gujarat raised the issue of “detailed schemes by a particular community to enter the government machinery”. The report, released during the All India Pratinidhi Sabha meeting, said that “religious bigotry is on the rise” in the country under the guise of “constitution and religious freedom”. It called for making “every effort with organized force” to “defeat this menace”.

More recently, the VHP has been openly demanding a ban on PFI.

Saudi Arabia’s ban Tablighi Jamaat In December 2021, the VHP said, “The government should also take action against institutions and organizations like Darul Uloom Deoband and PFI which directly or indirectly nourish Tablighi, Tablighi Jamaat and Ijtima,” it said.

In February this year, VHP and Bajrang Dal held a rally Hyderabad Demanded a ban on PFI for the murder of a Bajrang Dal worker in Shivamogga.

On June 16, the Bajrang Dal and the VHP staged a protest and submitted a memorandum, demanding a ban on “organizations like PFI and Tablighi Jamaat”.

2 arrested for raising pro-PFI slogans

Two activists of the Popular Front of India were arrested on Thursday under UAPA after they raised pro-PFI slogans at Kallamambalam in Thiruvananthapuram Rural Police District.

According to the police, seven PFI workers gathered at a junction in Kallambalam, raising pro-PFI slogans after removing the organisation’s flag. Abdul Salim, 44, president of PFI zone, and Naseem, 38, an organization worker, were arrested. Police said five other people have been identified.

Meanwhile, police sealed the PFI office at Aluva, Periyar Valley, in Ernakulam rural district as part of enforcement of the ban.

Earlier in the day, the Kerala government issued a notification empowering all district and police chiefs to take action against the organisation. ENS

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