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Popular Front of India

Date: 09 March 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

Following the killing of Bajrang Dal activist in Karnataka, there have been renewed demands to ban Popular Front of India (PFI).

 

Background

PFI is an extremist Islamic organization that was formed in the state of Kerala.

 

Details

There are many allegations against PFI and its political arm SDPI of carrying out political killings in Kerala and Karnataka.

 

Origin

  • The PFI was formed in 1994 aftermath of the Babri Masjid demolition. It emerged out of the National Development Fund (NDF) set up for interests of the Muslims.

  • The surge in its popularity in Kerala also resulted in increase in its communal clashes with people from opposite spectra.

 

Growth

  • The organization was known as NDF until 2006 when it merged with Tamil Nadu's Manitha Neethi Pasarai (MNP) and the Karnataka Forum for Dignity (KFD) to become the Popular Front of India.

  • The strength of the organization grew following merger of Goa’s Citizen's Forum, Rajasthan's Community Social and Educational Society, West Bengal's Nagarik Adhikar Suraksha Samiti etc.

  • The SDPI came into existence to increase its political support. The student wing, Campus Front of India was also formed.

 

Charges against the organization

  • Majority of its leaders come from Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), a banned terrorist organization.

  • There have been allegations that the group has ties with intelligence wing of Pakistan.

  • The members of the group have been spreading ideology of Jihad and converting innocent Muslims to become radicals.

  • Their members are continuously under observations, which have prevented them from carrying out large-scale terrorist operations in the country.

 

Demands for ban

The PFI has been accused of instigating people against the state, especially during the anti-CAA protests and the hijab row.