After the banning of the Popular Front Center of India (PFI) for five years, the Delhi police are on high alert to maintain the public order situation.
Police activity has been amplified in different areas of Delhi. Police Deputy Commissioners (DCP) in different districts have also taken to the streets to take stock of the situation.
The North East district, where the riots took place in 2020, has a mixed population of communities. Recently, five people linked to PFI were arrested by the Delhi Police in the area.
Speaking to ANI, DCP Sanjay Kumar said: “We are in alert mode. We are ready to handle any situation. The North East district has been put under the active yellow scheme, orange scheme and red scheme.
Today, an exercise was held in the Northeast district to verify the effectiveness of the Yellow Scheme, which is meant to deal with any demands in the district.”
In the yellow scheme, the ACP and SHO teams move to the scene of the disturbance immediately after receiving a message. At the same time, another reserve component of the force is put on high alert. Vajra, water canon and other resources are also moving towards the target point, the official said.
Now, if the situation worsens in one police station area, the Orange scheme is implemented in 3 or 4 police station areas. The red scheme is activated when the entire district is affected.
According to the Delhi Police, additional police forces will also be deployed in sensitive areas of the national capital so that immediate action can be taken in case of any untoward incident.
The District Northwest DCP and other district DCPs conducted patrols in their respective jurisdictions.
Days after arresting over 100 PFI cadres in multiple raids across the country linked to PFI cadres by the National Investigation Agency, the Enforcement Directorate and state agencies as well as police forces , the Center issued a ban against the team and its affiliates with “immediate effect”.
The central government has ordered all States and Union Territories (UTs) to “exercise” the powers of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against the team and its affiliates.
In addition to PFI, state governments and administration at UT have been asked to use the powers of UAPA against their associates or affiliates or fronts, including Rehab India Foundation (RIF), Campus Front of India (CFI), All India Imams Council (AIIC), National Confederation for Human Rights Organization (NCHRO), National Women’s Front, Youth Front, Empower India Foundation and Rehab Foundation, Kerala. These PFI affiliates have also been banned by the Center for five years under UAPA.
The Center’s notification clearly mentions that the ban has been imposed against PFI and its associates for “engaging in illicit activities, which are detrimental to the integrity, sovereignty and security of the country and have the potential to disturb public peace and harmony community of the country. and supporting militancy in the country.
The Center issued the ban citing its agencies’ investigation, mentioning that “investigations have established clear links between PFI and its associates, affiliates or fronts.”
It is also charged that “some of the founding members of the PFI are the leaders of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and the PFI has links with Jamat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), both of which are proscribed organisations”.
The Center’s action also cited the agencies’ findings on a number of “instances of PFIs’ international links to global terrorist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).”
The PFI and its associates are also accused of working covertly to further radicalize a community by promoting a sense of insecurity in the country, which is corroborated by the fact that some PFI cadres have joined to international terrorist organizations.
The PFI is also accused of involvement in various criminal and terrorism cases, as well as total disrespect for the country’s constitutional authority.
With funding and ideological support from abroad, the PFI and its affiliates have been further accused of becoming a major threat to the country’s internal security.
The PFI was born on December 9, 2006. Three Muslim fundamentalist groups from South India: the National Development Front (NDF), Kerala; Karnataka Forum for Dignity (KFD), Karnataka; and the Manitha Neethi Pasarai (MNP), Tamil Nadu, renamed the ‘Council of South India’ (a Bangalore-based organization launched by the NDF in 2004) as the ‘People’s Front of India’.
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