29 November 2022

New Delhi : More than 170 people allegedly linked with the Popular Front of India ( PFI ) were detained or arrested in raids across seven states on Tuesday , five days after a similar pan India crackdown against the group often accused of being linked to radical Islam .

Conducted mostly by state police teams , the raids were spread across Uttar Pradesh , Karnataka , Gujarat , Delhi , Maharashtra , Assam and Madhya Pradesh .

Held Across Seven States
Held Across Seven States

As police teams fanned out across their respective states on Tuesday , seemingly sync hronised , the action was swift . While 25 people each were arrested in Assam and Maharashtra , 57 were detained in Uttar Pradesh , officials said .

The count of those detained in Delhi was 30 , Madhya Pradesh was at 21 fol lowed by 10 in Gujarat and six in Pune in Maharashtra .

Besides , several people were also arrested in Karnataka .

In UP , the raids across 26 districts were jointly carried out by the Anti Terrorist Squad , Special Task Force and the local police simultaneously . Documents and evidence were collected.

Additional Director General ( law and order ) Prashant Kumar said .

Further action will be taken based on the evidence collected , Kumar said while adding that 57 people were taken into custody .

According to officials in Assam , of the 25 PFI activists arrested in the fresh crackdown , 10 were held in Goalpara . Besides , five were nabbed in Kamrup ( Rural ) and three in Dhubri , followed by arrests in Barpeta , Baksa , Darrang , Udalguri and Karimganj . There was no immediate re action from the PFI , which was formed in 2006.

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