NEW DELHI: Citing terror links, the union government on Monday has declared the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its associates or affiliates or fronts as an unlawful association with immediate effect, for a period of five years. The State Governments of Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Gujarat had recommended banning PFI.
PFI and its associates including Rehab India Foundation(RIF), Campus Front of India(CFI), All India Imams Council (AIIC), National Confederation of Human Rights Org(NCHRO), National Women’s Front, Jr Front, Empower India Foundation &Rehab Foundation, Kerala have been declared unlawful associations.
The notification published in the official gazette states “the investigations have established clear linkages between PFI and its associates or affiliates or fronts. Rehab India Foundation collects funds through PFI members and some of the members of the PFI are also members of Campus Front of India, Empower India Foundation, Rehab.
Foundation, Kerala, and the activities of Junior Front, All India Imams Council, National Confederation of Human Rights Organization (NCHRO) and National Women’s Front are monitored/coordinated by the PFI leaders. Some of the PFI’s founding members are the leaders of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and PFI has linkages with Jamat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), both of which are proscribed organisations.