Hathras Case: Four Rioters Arrested After PFI Links Emerge

With its origin in Kerala, the PFI started as a successor to the National Development Front (NDF), a Muslim organisation in the state in 2006.

The UP Police has taken into custody four youth allegedly associated with the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its affiliate Campus Front of India (CFI) on the suspicion that they had plans to disturb the harmony in the state. The youth, intercepted by the police in Mathura while on their way from Delhi to Hathras, were in possession of mobile phones, laptops and “suspicious literature” considered to be containing content that could adversely impact the peace in the state, a note shared by the government said. Joint investigations are going on that will be followed by further action.

With its origin in Kerala, the PFI started as a successor to the National Development Front (NDF), a Muslim organisation in the state, in 2006. Its vision has been to empower all kinds of minorities – Dalits, tribals, religious, linguistic and cultural – and try to establish an “egalitarian” society, according to information available on its website. Some states have also sought a ban on the outfit, including Jharkhand and Assam. UP had also sought a ban last year after it arrested members from the organisation for allegedly propagating riots across the state during protests organized against the CAA.

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