The Twitter account of Popular Front of India (PFI), the Islamic group outlawed by the government, and also several of its leaders have actually been held back in India by the social media system.

The organistion’s account, @PFIofficial, had around 81,000 fans. Twitter has actually additionally withheld the deals with of the organisation’s chairperson, OMA Salam (@oma_salam), that had just under 50,000 followers, and also general secretary, Anis Ahmed (@AnisPFI), that had nearly 85,000 followers.

The PFI Twitter takedown comes a day after the Union Home Ministry notified a five-year restriction on the organisation and also its associates over affirmed “horror web links”. More than 200 PFI leaders were jailed in raids across the country over the previous two weeks.

The National Investigation Agency, which probes cases of pan-India significance, and also the Enforcement Directorate, which tracks illegal cash, have affirmed that the PFI has links with the Islamic State terror group and also held arms training school.

The PFI, whose trainee wing prepares to go to court against the ban, refuted these accusations but duly dissolved its units after the federal government action. Organisations covered by the restriction under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) include Rehab India Foundation, University Front of India, All India Imams Council, National Confederation of Human Rights Organisation, National Female’s Front, Junior Front, Empower India Structure and also Rehabilitation Foundation, Kerala.

A political descendant of the PFI, Social Democratic Celebration of India (SDPI), which isn’t on the list, stated the restriction is a “obstacle” to Indian freedom and person civil liberties assured by the Constitution.

The probe agencies asserted to have actually discovered a “bomb-making handbook” and physical education manuals as claimed proofs that the PFI “wanted to develop Islamic policy in India by 2047”.

A day before the ban, however, replying to current raids, the PFI had provided a declaration: “The organisation in its background of three years has actually been endeavouring to prevent the youths from obtaining radicalised … and to bring them to the mainstream by instilling nationalism, solid obligation to the Constitution of the country and also respect the democratic worths … Popular Front has never ever thought of or endeavoured to develop Islamic rule in the country.”

The Congress in Kerala and its coalition companion Indian Union Muslim League or IUML invited to outlaw on PFI however stated that RSS must be prohibited too. Senior IUML leader MK Muneer said the PFI was a radical outfit that misinterpreted the Quran and convinced area members to take on the path of violence.

Among those who have actually condemned the PFI ban is Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, chief the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM). He said the organisation should not be criticized for the crimes dedicated by “some people”.

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Last Updated: 29 September 2022