The Union Home Ministry is deliberating on how to go about the ban on the Popular Front of India. Following a detailed presentation on the activities of the PGFI made by Kerala during a recent DGP meet held at Tekanpur, Madhya Pradesh, top officials of the Union Home Ministry are deliberating on how to go about the ban.
While Kerala made a detailed presentation and cited four cases relating to the PFI, the ministry is also studying the report submitted by the National Investigation Agency on the same issue. The Home Ministry will now collect more details before deciding on whether to ban the outfit or not.
The PFI ban has become a political issue in poll bound Karnataka. It has been found that in several cases in Karnataka, the PFI allegedly had a hand in them. The BJP has been demanding that the Congress-led government seeks a ban on the outfit. However, the Congress has remained tight-lipped on the issue. The BJP had also accused the Congress of withdrawing several cases against members of the PFI.
The NIA which submitted a detailed report spoke about the killing of RSS worker Rudresh in Bengaluru. Further it detailed the professor's hand chopping case at Idukki. While giving details about a Kannur training camp from where country made bombs and swords were seized, the NIA report to the Home Ministry also speaks about an Islamic State module case.
The NIA says that the approach of the PFI is radical in nature. It speaks about recruiting only committed Muslims into its fold. It also states that the cadres train with clips of the Babri Masjid demolition and this is clearly a sign that it is trying to radicalise its cadres.
The PFI is trying to run a parallel administration the NIA states. It speaks about the Darul Khada an outfit comprising Muslim scholars, social workers and advocates. This was set up in 2009, by SDPI national chief E Aboobacker. The NIA says that they run a parallel judiciary which settles a host of issues. The NIA dossier also states that in July 2009, a Kerala level declaration was passed by the Darul Khada in Mallappuram in which it had called upon the Muslim community not to attend civil courts, but get all issues sorted out by it.
The NIA also cited the most recent case it is probing in connection with Love Jihad. It speaks about the Sathyasarani Islamic Dawah an affiliate of the PFI. It says that this organisation is running an Islamic conversion centre and also details the rigorous religious training it is imparting.