PFI trained ‘reporters’ to attack BJP, RSS members: ED probe

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has uncovered startling revelations in its supplementary chargesheet against the banned organisation, Popular Front of India (PFI).

| Updated: 07 February, 2024 7:27 pm IST

NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has uncovered startling revelations in its supplementary chargesheet against the banned organisation, Popular Front of India (PFI). The chargesheet alleges that PFI operated a dedicated committee, dubbed “Reporters,” tasked with identifying and assaulting perceived enemies, particularly targeting members of the BJP and RSS.

The ED has filed the supplementary chargesheet against 12 PFI members in connection with an alleged Rs 120 crore Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) case.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has uncovered startling revelations in its supplementary chargesheet against the banned organisation, Popular Front of India (PFI).

According to ED findings, out of the Rs 120 crores, a staggering Rs 60 crores was directly deposited into PFI’s accounts, classified by the organisation as pure Proceeds of Crime.

The ED contends that these illicit funds were funnelled into illegal activities by the PFI. Specifically, the chargesheet alleges that PFI operatives involved in violent acts received financial incentives under the guise of housing and marriage schemes.

Moreover, the ED asserts that PFI, under the pretext of physical training, provided combat instruction to its members, potentially equipping them with skills to inflict serious harm or even fatalities. The chargesheet emphasises that PFI members have used this training to carry out various scheduled offenses.

While the ED primarily focuses on PMLA violations, it highlights the pivotal role of Proceeds of Crime in funding PFI’s clandestine activities, including training sessions involving lethal weapons.

The PFI vehemently denies any overseas presence, with its National General Secretary, Anees Ahmed, asserting that the organisation operates solely within India. However, digital evidence seized by the ED paints a different picture. The investigation uncovered thousands of active PFI members in Gulf countries, meticulously collecting funds in a coordinated manner.

The ED claims to have retrieved data indicating the presence of 14,428 foreign members, sourced from a document found on a seized hard disk at Unity House, Kozhikode. This document outlines PFI’s extensive network across Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and other regions of Asia.

The supplementary chargesheet has been submitted before a special PMLA Court in Delhi, underscoring the ongoing legal battle against PFI’s alleged unlawful activities.

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