10 PFI members arrested in Assam for ‘fomenting communal strife’ | Guwahati News – Times of India

GUWAHATI/IMPHAL: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday arrested 10 members of the Islamic outfit, Popular Front of India (PFI), in different parts of Assam for their alleged involvement in anti-establishment conspiracy. The arrested PFI members have been accused of fomenting communal strife in the state by criticising government policies, including the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and Doubtful voter (D-voter). A local court has sent them to five-day police custody.
Meanwhile, an NIA team raided the Manipur unit office of the Popular Front of India (PFI) at Muslim-dominated Lilong in Thoubal district on Thursday. Assisted by CRPF and Manipur Police, the NIA sleuths began the raid around 2 am and seized a laptop, bank passbooks and some dossiers, sources said. They added that the operation concluded around 10.30 am after which the office was sealed. The arrests in Assam were part of a pan-India drive, in which over 100 top PFI leaders and functionaries have been arrested.
The PFI members have been arrested from Kamrup (Metro), Kamrup, Barpeta, Baksa and Goalpara district, Hailakandi and Karimganj. The accused have been identified as Aminul Hoque, Abdul Razzak, Robiul Hussain, Nazrul Islam Bhuyan, Rafiqul Islam, Abu Sama Ahmed, Farhad Ali, Khalilur Rahman, Mufti Rahmatullah and Bazlul Karim.
In a press statement, the NIA said: “They were indulging in whipping the communal passion and sentiments of the religious minority by criticizing every policy of the government with communal overtones, which include CAA NRC and D-Voter, new education policy, cattle protection Act, extension of Armed Forces Special Power Act, TET examination, Agnipath scheme, eviction of encroachment from government lands with a view to term these actions of the government as an attack on the Muslim community.”

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