The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is on Thursday conducting searches at the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its political face Social Democratic Party of India's (SDPI's) offices at Trichy, Kumbakonam and Karaikal in Tamil Nadu.
The raids are in connection to the murder of former PMK worker and right-wing activist Ramalingam. It is alleged in the FIR that PFI activists allegedly murdered a PMK activist named Ramalingam for allegedly opposing religious conversions.
There was a video which also surfaced which showed how Ramalingam was arguing with few men who were preaching their religion and also allegedly trying to convert people. Ramalingam was killed on the same day which is February 6 in Tribhuvanam of Thanjavur district.
NIA had registered a case on March 14 and initiated an investigation from April 24. So far 11 accused have been arrested in this case and at least 10 of them allegedly have connections to the PFI or the SDPI.
ADSP Showkath Ali from NIA is heading the probe team with the help of state police.
Raids are happening at the residence of the people who were arrested in connection to the murder and few other SDPI functionaries.
There was a huge chorus by parties like PMK and BJP that the matter should be investigated by the SIT team, but the NIA itself has taken up the case since the murder had an alleged communal colour and is connected with the PFI.
The NIA raids are still underway at the time of publishing, with details scarce.