PFI Ban Declares Affiliates CFI, NCHRO, NWF “Unlawful Association”

The Union government on Wednesday imposed a ban on the Muslim group Indian Popular Front, ending two years of speculation over action against the sociopolitical group accused of “terrorist links”.

The prohibition under section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act covers its affiliated groups such as Now, therefore, in exercising the powers conferred by subsection (1) of section 3 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967. (37 of 1967), the Central Government hereby declares the People’s Front of India (PFI) and its associates or affiliates or fronts including Rehab India Foundation (RIF), Campus Front of India (CFI). All India Imams Council (AIIC), National Confederation of Human Rights Organizations (NCHRO), National Women’s Front, Junior Front, Empower India Foundation and Rehab Foundation, Kerala as an “illegal association”.

The notification indicates that the investigations established clear links between PFI and its associates or affiliates or fronts.

The action against the group is condemned as a “political vendetta” by the Hindu nationalist government. Maktoob contacted PFI leaders who declined to speak as they provided an update on the situation.

“There have been a number of examples of international links between PFI and global terrorist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)”, justifies the government.

Full text of the notification:
New Delhi, September 27, 2022

Whereas the People’s Front of India (hereinafter referred to as the PFI) had been registered under the Companies Registration Act, 1860 (21 of 1860) under registration number S/226/Dist. South/2010 in Delhi and has many associates or affiliates or fronts including Rehab India Foundation (RIF) (registration number 1352, dated 17.03.2008). Campus Front of India (CFI), All India Imams Council (AIIC), National Confederation of Human Rights Organization (NCHRO) (registration number S-3256, dated 12.09.2010), National Women’s Front, Junior Front, Empower India Foundation (registration number KCH-IV-00150/2016-17, dated 02.12.2016) and Rehab Foundation, Kerala (registration number 1016/91):
And Whereas the investigations established clear links between PFI and its associates or affiliates or fronts;

And Whereas Rehab India Foundation raises funds through PFI members and some PFI members are also members of Campus Front of India, Empower India Foundation, Rehab Foundation, Kerala, and the activities of Junior Front, All India Imams Council, National Confederation of Human Rights Organizations (NCHRO) and National Women’s Front are overseen/coordinated by PFI leaders:

And Whereas, PFI has established the above mentioned associates or affiliates or fronts with the aim of increasing its reach among different sections of society such as youth, students, women, imams, lawyers or weaker sections of society for the sole purpose of expanding its membership, influence and fundraising ability:

And Whereas the above associates, affiliates or fronts have a “Hub and Spoke” relationship with
the IFP acting as a Hub and using the mass awareness and fundraising capacity of its associates or
affiliates or fronts to strengthen its capacity to carry out illegal activities and these associates or affiliates or fronts function as “roots and capillaries” through which the IFP is nourished and strengthened;

And Whereas, The PFI and its associates or affiliates or fronts operate openly as a socio-economic, educational and political organization, but pursue a covert agenda to radicalize a particular section of society, working to undermine the concept of democracy and to show pure disrespect towards the constitutional authority and the constitutional organization of the country:

And Whereas the PFI and its associates or affiliates or fronts have engaged in illegal 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 to support militancy in the country:
And Whereas some of the founding members of the PFI are the leaders of the Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and the PFI has links with the Jamat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), both of which are banned organizations ;

And Whereas there have been a number of examples of international links between PFI and global terrorist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS):

And Whereas the PFI and its associates or affiliates or fronts have secretly worked to increase the radicalization of a community by fostering a sense of insecurity in the country, which is supported by the fact that some PFI cadres have joined organizations international terrorists;

And Whereas the Central Government is of the opinion that it is necessary to exercise its powers under subsection (1) of section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967 (37 of 1967) ( hereinafter referred to as the Act) in view of the reasons stated above, which is supported by the following facts; to know,

(i) the PFI is implicated in several criminal and terrorist cases and shows sheer disrespect to the
the constitutional authority of the country and with funds and ideological support from outside, he
become a major threat to the country’s internal security,

Investigations into various cases revealed that the PFI and its cadres repeatedly engaged in violent and subversive acts. Acts of criminal violence committed by PFI include the severed limb of a university professor, the cold-blooded killings of people associated with organizations espousing other faiths, obtaining explosives to target people and important places and the destruction of public property.

PFI cadres have been implicated in several terrorist acts and the killing of several people including Sh. Sanjith (Kerala, Nov 2021), Sh. V. Ramalingam, (Tamil Nadu, 2019), Sh. Nandu. (Kerala, 2021), Sh. Abhimanyu (Kerala, 2018), Sh. Bibin (Kerala, 2017). Ch. Sharath (Karnataka, 2017), Sh. R. Rudresh (Karnataka, 2016), Sh. Praveen Pujari (Karnataka, 2016), Sh. Sasi Kumar (Tamil Nadu, 2016) and Sh. Praveen Nettaru (Karnataka, 2022) and the above criminal activities and brutal murders were perpetrated by PFI cadres for the sole purpose of disturbing the public peace and tranquility and instilling terror in the minds of the public,

There have been a number of instances of international links between the PFI and global terrorist groups and some PFI militants have joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and participated in terrorist activities in Syria, in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of these ISIS-linked PFI cadres have been killed in these theaters of conflict and some have been arrested by state police and central agencies. The PFI also has links with Jamat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), a banned terrorist organization,

PFI board members and cadres along with others are conspiring and fundraising in India and abroad through banking channels, and hawala, donations, etc. as part of a well-conceived criminal conspiracy and then transfer, layer and integrate these funds through multiple accounts to project them as legitimate and eventually use these funds to carry out various criminal, illegal and terrorist activities in India.

The sources of deposits in PFI’s name with respect to its various bank accounts were not supported by the financial profiles of the account holders and PFI’s activities were not conducted in accordance with their stated purposes and, therefore, the Department of Income Tax canceled the registration granted to PFI under Section 12A or 12AA of the Income Tax Act 1961 (43 of 1961). The Income Tax Department has also revoked the registration granted to Rehab India Foundation under Section 12A or Section 12AA of the Income Tax Act 1961,

the state governments of Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Gujarat have recommended banning PFIs. And Whereas, the PFI and its associates or affiliates or fronts have been involved in violent terrorist activities with the intention of creating a reign of terror in the country, thereby endangering the security and public order of the State , and the anti-national activities of the PFI disrespect and disregard the constitutional authority and sovereignty of the state and, therefore, immediate and prompt action is required against the organization: And Whereas the central government is of the view that if there is no immediate control of the illegal activities of the PFI and its associates or affiliates or fronts, the PFI and its associates or the affiliate(s) or fronts, will use this opportunity to:

(1) continue its subversive activities, thereby disturbing public order and undermining
constitutional organization of the country:
(ii) encourage and enforce a regressive regime based on terror:
(iii) continue to spread anti-national sentiments and radicalize a particular section of society with the intention of creating disaffection against the country:
(iv) aggravate activities detrimental to the integrity, security and sovereignty of
country:

And Whereas, for the above reasons, the Central Government is of the firm opinion that, in view of the activities of PFI, it is necessary to declare PFI and its associates or affiliates or fronts an unlawful association with immediate effect;

Now, Therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by Subsection (1) of Section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967 (37 of 1967), the Central Government hereby declares the People’s Front of India (PFI) and its associates or affiliates or fronts including Rehab India Foundation (RIF), Campus Front of India (CFI). All India Imams Council (AIIC), National Confederation of Human Rights Organization (NCHRO), National Women’s Front, Junior Front, Empower India Foundation and Rehab Foundation, Kerala as an “illegal association”:

And Whereas the Central Government, having regard to the above circumstances, is firmly of the opinion that it is necessary to declare the PFI and its associates or affiliates or fronts an unlawful association with immediate effect, and accordingly, in the exercise of the powers conferred subject to paragraph (3) of section 3 of the said Act, the Central Government hereby orders that such notification, subject to any order which may be made under section 4 of the said Act , will have effect for a period of five years from the date of its publication in the Official Journal.

(Maktoob has not modified any part of the notification to ensure the authenticity of the notification. Marginal errors are preserved)

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