Following NIA raids on PFI-SDPI leaders, Amit Shah preside over a meeting with key authorities

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The PFI-SDPI leadership and establishment were raided by the NIA, ED, and police of 13 states. Union home minister Amit Shah is convening a conference with the concerned enforcement and security authorities to assess the evidence gathered and consider the best course of action moving forward. The gathering also includes Ajit Doval, the national security adviser.

The Intelligence Bureau, in coordination with the NIA and ED, performed extensive investigations and data collecting in support of the raids on PFI-SDPI. The government will make a firm decision regarding the status of PFI, which purports to be a socio-religious organisation, after all the state police engaged have worked through the night. Those responsible for the innocent bystanders’ beheadings in Udaipur and Amravati may still be remembered as having connections to the PFI.

Across the nation, dozens of people have been detained, with Kerala recording the most (22) followed by Maharashtra and Karnataka (20 each), Andhra Pradesh (5) and Assam (9), Delhi (3), Madhya Pradesh (4), Puducherry (3), Tamil Nadu (10), Uttar Pradesh (8), and Rajasthan (2).

The locations of those who organise training camps, sponsor terrorism, and radicalise people to join banned organisations are being searched.

The Home Ministry has been concentrating on the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its political wing, the Socialist Democratic Party of India (SDPI), ever since intelligence reports revealed that the radical Islamist group was receiving illegal funding from West Asian nations, particularly Qatar, Kuwait, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia. Along with financing terror operations around the nation, the money was also being used to radicalise young people. The group intended to represent Islam in India and had ties to a pan-Islamist group like the Muslim Brotherhood.

The SIMI, which was outlawed and had as its primary goal the establishment of an Islamic Caliphate in India, provides the majority of the leadership for the PFI-SDPI. PFI, despite being an extremely strict Sunni group, positioned itself as the head of all Muslims in India, including Sufis, Barelvis, and Deobandis.