On the heels of the central government declaring the Popular Front of India (PFI) a banned organization, the Kerala government has taken steps to implement the order by empowering the district administration and police to take action against criminal activities. of the illegal group.
The state government’s Home Ministry issued an order on Wednesday stating that since PFI, its associates, affiliates and fronts have been declared unlawful associations under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the powers that the state government can exercise have been delegated to the respective District Magistrates (DM) and Police Superintendents (SP).
The DMs and SPs, in their respective jurisdictions, would be exercising powers under Sections 7 (power to prohibit the use of funds of an unlawful association and 8 (power to notify places used for the purpose of an unlawful association) of the UAPA, the state said the government order.
The Union government on Wednesday banned the PFI and several of its associates for five years under a strict anti-terrorism law, accusing them of having “links” to global terrorist groups such as ISIS.
Opposition parties, including Congress and the BJP, strongly applauded the move, even as the ruling CPI(M) took the position that political isolation was the solution to tackle the problem.
Meanwhile, the state leadership of PFI issued a statement saying that the organization was dissolved following the decision of the Ministry of the Interior to ban it.
The ban came in the wake of nationwide raids on teams’ offices and the arrest of more than 100 of their leaders, followed by a statewide strike in Kerala on September 23.
During the strike on September 23, PFI activists reportedly engaged in widespread violence resulting in damage to buses, public property, and even attacks on the public.
Multi-agency teams, led by the NIA, raided 93 locations in 15 states across the country last week and arrested more than 100 PFI leaders for allegedly supporting terrorist activities in the country.
(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)
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