Just 17 days after a PFI link came to light in the murder of an SFI (Students’ Federation of India) activist, Abhimanyu, inside a college in Kerala’s Ernakulam, sources have told Republic TV that Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) could re-evaluate the need to put a ban on the Popular Front of India. Sources have told Republic TV that the MHA has sought a report from the Intelligence Wing in Kerala for a re-evaluation of a report on PFI ban. As told by the sources, Kerala Governor Justice P Sathasivam has sought a report from the Intelligence ADGP, TK Vinod Kumar.
Vinod Kumar has now reportedly put together a dossier which reportedly mentions the murder of Maharaja college student Abhimanyu, and an incident wherein the alleged role of PFI in hoisting the BJP flag in CPM’s flagpole allegedly aiming at BJP-CPM clashes in Chavara.
The dossier also reportedly have mentions of investigations into the role of PFI and the SDPI (Social Democratic Party of India- the political wing of the PFI) in over 200 WhatsApp group that reportedly spread communal violence and fundamentalism in Kerala through the fake news.
Earlier in the day, another SFI activist, Vishnu was attacked and an SDPI member was arrested in connection with the case. The SFI local committee secretary and DYFI committee member was hacked when he was on his way back after a committee meeting in Kozhikode. Vishnu is currently out of danger and has sustained injuries to his right hand.
On Monday, clashes had broken out between the SFI and SDPI in connection with Abhimanyu’s murder. Meanwhile, four SDPI members, who were arrested in connection with the Abhimanyu murder case has been released.
Meanwhile, 660 activists from PFI, SDPI are taken into custody by Kerala police. Charges including IPC section 153A, Section 107 and Kerala Anti-Social Activities Prevention Act have been pressed against them.
Furthermore, since Saturday, raids have been conducted on PFI, SDPI religious centres including ‘Sathya Sarani’. The raids were carried out in Malappuram - in places like Manjeri, Perinthalmanna, Tirur, and Kadampuzha. Books, Documents, CDs, pamphlets spreading extremism, among other things have been recovered in the raids.
Over 300 residences of activists and 15 offices raided in the biggest operation against PFI in Kerala, since 2010.