Friday, June 9, 2023

Maharashtra: Special court gives 30 days time to ATS to file charge sheet against 5 PFI members

A special court in Mumbai on Saturday granted 30 days to the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) to file a chargesheet in connection with the arrest of five members of the now-banned Popular Front of India (PFI) for alleged illegal activities. and waging war against the country, reported news agency PTI.

The five were among 20 people detained by the ATS across the state in September as part of statewide multi-agency raids led by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

The probe agency had applied to the special court for an extension of 90 days to file the charge sheet, stating that the probe was still on.

Justice AM Patil, on the other hand, gave the probe agency 30 days to file the charge sheet.

Over 100 members of radical Islamic outfit PFI and its affiliate groups were raided in several states in September for their alleged involvement in illegal activities including waging war against the government.

As a result, PFI was banned by the Central Government.

During the recently held Datta Jayanti in Karnataka, iron nails were placed on the road leading to Datta Peeth to create problems for Hindu pilgrims. Times Now reported on Saturday that the festival took place between December 6 and December 8.

The Chikkamagaluru police have detained two Muslim youths, Mohammad Shahbaz and Wahid Hussain, in connection with the murder. According to reports, the incident of nail hammering in Chikkamagaluru has been linked to PFI.

The Popular Front of India is an Islamic political organization in India that practices extremist and exclusionary Muslim minority politics. It was formed to challenge Hindutva groups and was banned on September 28, 2022 for five years by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs under the Unlawful Activities Act.

(with inputs from agencies)

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