Updated December 23rd, 2023 at 18:00 IST
Rs 120 crore found in PFI bank accounts, money used for terror and anti-national activities
Investigating agencies have found more than Rs 120 crore deposited in bank accounts of banned outfit PFI, used for terror and anti-national activities.
With several investigations being initiated against the banned outfit Popular Front of India (PFI), there are more revelations about the organisation’s reported sinister activities.
In the latest investigation, it has come out that more than Rs 120 crore was deposited in accounts of PFI and related entities over the years. Moreover, most of this amount was deposited in cash.
It has further been reported that this amount collected by PFI came not only from within the country but also from abroad. The cash worth crores of rupees was used for several anti-national activities starting from 2019 to 2022.
What are the anti-national activities funded by PFI?
Some of these incidents include inciting violence and fomenting trouble leading to the Delhi riots in 2020; intent to cause communal disharmony in Hathras; extensive planning to form a terror gang that will be supplied with collection of deadly weapons and explosive devices to simultaneously launch attacks on important and sensitive places in Uttar Pradesh; organisation of training camps with an intent to cause disturbance during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Patna on July 12, 2022, and the preparation, printing and possession of incriminating literature that would pose a threat to the sovereignty of the country.
The central investigating agencies are scrutinising several cash donations of PFI in the last few years, most of which have been found to be bogus.
The probe into the bank accounts of PFI has also revealed that immediately prior to several bank transfers, equivalent amounts of cash were deposited in the bank accounts of alleged sympathisers so as to project that the funds received in the name of PFI were legitimate transfers.
The verification of these individuals has reportedly shown that donations to PFI also do not seem to be in sync with the financial position of the people involved.
The investigating agencies have also found that the cash deposits and bank transfers are not genuine. The source of this unaccounted cash is thereby investigated.
The investigation has further revealed that PFI has thousands of active members in Gulf countries. It also came to light that the PFI has been raising and collecting substantial funds from abroad in a well-organised and structured manner. Most of the cash from abroad is remitted through underground and Hawala channels.
Evidence has also been found against EM Abdul Rahiman, who is believed to be looking into matters of treasury at PFI, having made several foreign trips to various countries reportedly for accruing cash.
Besides Rahiman, other accused affiliated with PFI whose role is being investigated for money-laundering are Anis Ahmed and Afsar Pasha. The role of these two has been found to be of the signatory of bank accounts for money-laundering.
On December 22, the Enforcement Directorate was able to get a remand of 10 days for not only EM Abdul Rahiman and Anis Ahmed but also other members of PFI including Afsar Pasha, AS Ismail and Mohammad Shakif.
Besides money-laundering, several charges of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) are also being faced by members of PFI.
Through illegal proceeds of crime and terror activities, the PFI is carrying out radicalisation and subsequent recruitment of Muslim youth. Moreover, PFI has also been accused of supporting and furthering the cause of organisations like Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Published December 23rd, 2023 at 17:59 IST
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