The Home Minister of Kerala, Mulapally Ramachandran said that the Kerala government was yet to seek a ban on PFI, a Muslim group in Kerala.
The right hand of a college professor, T J Joseph, was chopped off on Jul 4 by suspected PFI activists. Joseph had allegedly prepared a question paper that had references to Prophet Mohammed.
The PFI head, however, called the attack a crime and vowed to take "appropriate disciplinary action" if anyone in the group was found involved. He said he is ready to cooperate with the police to get to the culprits.
Rahiman said that the allegation that PFI wanted to Talibanise Muslim society was an insult to Muslims in India.
"The Taliban are local people of Afghanistan fighting the invasion of the US and allied forces. Do you term brutal acts of foreign forces as 'Americanism' or 'Obamaism'?," asked Rahiman.
But he quickly adds, "it does not mean we approve every act of Taliban or any other group."
He said that the Front stands for peace and harmony as opposed to "Stalinist politics and Hindutva fascism" and it did not train any Muslim youths.