Uttar Pradesh police seeks banning of radical Islamic outfit ‘PFI’ , sends dossier to MHA

Lucknow, Jan 09: UP Police has sent a dossier to the Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) under Section-3 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) to recommend the banning of the radical Islamic outfit Popular Front of India (PFI). It mentions the names of 43 members.

The police have divided the dossier into two categories. The first category was the violence on December 19, 2019, in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which deals with important roles and arrests of the PFI members. However,  the second category is the earlier lawsuit dated December 19, 2019, referring to the role of PFI.

According to Dossier, two cases against PFI and its members were registered in Uttar Pradesh in 2010 and one in 2017, while in the year 2019, four cases were registered before the CAA violence.

A total of seven FIRs were registered against the PFI and its members before the CAA violence, in which convictions have been filed in one case and chargesheets have been filed in two cases. The other four cases are being investigated. In all the cases, there have been allegations of deteriorating communal harmony, writing inflammatory posts on social media and placing inflammatory posters.

Six FIRs have been filed on PFIs since the CAA violence on 19 December. These FIRs also face charges like disturbing communal harmony, spreading violence, committing violence, mutiny and posting inflammatory posters. 25 people have been arrested in this case.

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