The Enforcement Directorate has cracked the whip on the Popular Front of India and its alleged members and is conduction nationwide raids across nine states in the country.
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The Enforcement Directorate is conducting raids at 26 locations in at least 9 states in connection with the money laundering cases against Popular Front of India and its alleged members.
India Today has learnt that these raids are in connection with cases of riots that took place in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. PFI is being investigated by ED in the Delhi and UP riots over the amended Citizenship Act and alleged conspiracy of riot in Hathras.
The financial probe agency teams are present at the residence of OMA Abdul Salam, the PFI National Chairman and Nasaruddin Elamaram, the National Secretary at Malappuram. ED’s Kochi team is also at the residence of PFI leader Ashraf Moulavi at Poonthura, Thiruvananthapuram.
The ED sleuths are also searching premises linked to PFI members in Kerala at Kochi, Mallapuram, Trivandrum; in Tamil Nadu at Tenkasi, Madurai, Chennai; in West Bengal at Kolkata, Murshidabad; Banglore in Karnataka; in Delhi at Shaheen Bagh, in UP at Lucknow, Barabanki; Darbhanga and Purnea in Bihar; Aurangabad in Maharashtra and Jaipur in Rajasthan.
Sources said the ED during its investigation has recovered evidence indicating that PFI received huge money from foreign sources which were later allegedly used for riots.
The agency earlier also recorded statements of several people in connection with its money laundering probe against the PFI members.
PFI CONDEMNS ED RAIDS
The PFI has condemned the aids and called them politically motivated. Muhammed Sharif , National Secretary, Popular Front of India said, “We believe this to be a politically motivated action from the part of the agency. It is also part of the witch-hunt going on against activists and groups who are at the forefront of citizenship agitations.”
“Popular Front condemns these attempts to malign the organization. We have nothing to hide. The organisation will face it legally and democratically,” he added.