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NIA, ED Raid 'Terror Funding Suspects' in 11 States, Detain Nearly 100 PFI Functionaries

'We strongly protest the fascist regime's moves to use agencies to silence dissenting voices,' PFI has said.

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New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency and the Enforcement Directorate have carried out nationwide raids across 11 states against people who are allegedly terror funding suspects.

The raids were termed by the NIA as the “largest ever” investigation process “till date”.

The two central agencies have detained nearly 100 activists of the Popular Front of India for allegedly supporting terrorists, officials said. The PFI is not a banned organisation.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah is learned to have held a meeting of top officials, including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, and Director General of National Investigation Agency (NIA) Dinkar Gupta to take stock of the action taken against the terror suspects and activists of the PFI.

The maximum number of arrests were made in Kerala (22) followed by Maharashtra and Karnataka (20 each), Tamil Nadu (10), Assam (9), Uttar Pradesh (8), Andhra Pradesh (5), Madhya Pradesh (4), Puducherry and Delhi (3 each) and Rajasthan (2).

PFI leaders being detained in Karnataka. Photo: Twitter video screengrab/@KeypadGuerilla

In Karnataka alone, raids were carried out in 14 locations in Bengaluru, Mangaluru the district headquarter of Dakshina Kannada, Sirsi in Uttara Kannada and Kalaburagi.

The NIA said the searches are taking place at the premises of people allegedly “involved in terror funding, organising training camps, and radicalising people to join proscribed organisations.”

The PFI, in a statement, said the “raids are taking place at the homes of its national, state and local leaders. The state committee office is also being raided”.

“We strongly protest the fascist regime’s moves to use agencies to silence dissenting voices,” the outfit said.

In Karnataka’s Mangaluru workers of the PFI and Social Democratic Party of India protested against the raid, according to news agency ANI.

In Bengaluru, the raids were carried out at Sampigehalli, Frazer Town and Richmond Town. In Mangaluru, the raids were conducted in the offices of the two organisations in the city simultaneously. Teams of NIA raided the offices at Bajpe, Nellikai road, Kulai and Kavoor, police sources told PTI.

(With PTI inputs)