NIA arrests 45 PFI members for ‘terror links’ following raids at 93 locations across 15 states

NIA arrests 45 PFI members for ‘terror links’ following raids at 93 locations across 15 states
General Secretary of Popular Front of India Anis Ahmed (second, right) being produced to Patiala Court after a nationwide raid spearheaded by the National Investigation Agency (NIA)

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday said it received continued inputs and evidence that the Popular Front of India (PFI) “leaders and cadres were involved in funding of terrorism and terrorist activities, organising training camps for providing armed training and radicalising people to join banned organisations”. 

The agency in the morning conducted coordinated searches along with the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and police of 15 states - Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, West Bengal, Bihar and Manipur - at 93 locations in all.

The NIA has so far has registered five cases against the PFI cadres, said the agency. 

The agency recently took over a case initially registered in Telangana against over 25 PFI cadres, after the local police found that the accused were organising camps for training radicalised cadres. 

An agency spokesperson said during the searches ‘incriminating documents, cash, sharp edged weapons and a large number of digital devices have been seized’. 

The NIA has made 45 arrests in these cases.

The details of the accused arrested today in the 5 cases are as follows:

RC 14/2022/NIA/DLI (19 arrests)

1. O.M.A. Salam @ O.M. Abdul Salam 
2. Jaseer K.P.
3. V. P. Nazarudheen Elamaram @ Nazaruddin Elamaram
4. Mohammed Basheer
5. Shafeer K.P.
6. E AbuBacker
7. Prof. P. Koya @ Kaleem Koya
8. E. M. Abdul Rahiman @ E M

9. Anis Ahmed
10. Afsar Pasha
11. Abdul Wahid Sait
12. Yasar Arafath Hasan
13. Mohammed Shakib @ Shakif
14. Muhammed Farooq Ur Rahman
15. Shahid Nasir

16. M.Mohammed Ali Jinnah
17. Mohammed Yousuf
18. A.S. Ismail @ Appamma Ismail

19. Waseem Ahmad 

RC 41/2022/NIA/DLI (2 arrests)
20. Mohammed Asif @ Asif
21. Sadiq Sarraf Talabpada

RC 42/2022/NIA/DLI (8 arrests)
22. Syed Ishaaq
23. Advocate Khalid Mohammed
24. A.M. Idris @ Ahamed Idris
25. Mohamed Abuthahir
26. S. Khaja Maideen 
27. Yasar Arafat
28. Barakathullah 
29. Fayaz Ahamed

RC 2/2022/NIA/KOC (11 arrests) 

30. Najumudeen S/o Muhammed,
31. Sainuddeen T S
32. Yahiya Koya Thangal
33. K Muhammedali @ Kunhappo
34. C T Sulaiman
35. P K Usman @ Pallikkaranjalil Kunjippu Usman @ Usman Perumpilavu
36. Karamana Ashraf Moulavi 
37. Sadiq Ahmed 
38. Shihas, s/o Hassan
39. Ansari P 
40. M M Mujeeb S/o Muhammed

RC 3/2022/NIA/HYD (5 arrests) 
41. Abdul Rahim 
42. Abdul Wahid Ali 
43. Shaik Zafrulla 
44. Riyaz Ahmed 

45. Abdul Waris