Locations of people searched by NIA in Dakshina Kannada, Shivamogga districts

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday raided 25 locations, including in Dakshina Kannada and Shivamogga districts, over an alleged conspiracy to radicalize Popular Front of India (PFI) activists and train cadres to carry out terrorist activities. In connection with the investigation. violence.

In Dakshina Kannada, searches were conducted at Bantwal, Uppinangady, Venur and Belthangady. The search started around 4.30 am and went on till late evening. The local police provided necessary assistance to the NIA officials.

According to an NIA press release, searches were conducted at a total of 25 locations spread over Bihar, Karnataka and Kerala. The suspects’ hideouts were also raided in Bihar’s Katihar district, in addition to Dakshina Kannada and Shivamogga districts; and in Kasaragod, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram districts of Kerala.

Several digital devices including mobile phones, hard disks, SIM cards, pen drives and data cards were seized. The officials have also seized incriminating documents and material belonging to the banned outfit. Indian currency worth Rs 17,50,100 was also seized.

On 11 July 2022, the Bihar Police raided the rented premises of one Athar Parvez and seized objectionable articles related to the PFI, including a document titled “India 2047 Towards Rule of Islamic India, Internal Document: Not for Circulation” Was.

Athar Parvez was arrested along with three other persons – Mohd Jalaluddin Khan, Armaan Malik and Nooruddin Zangi. The NIA filed a charge sheet on January 7, 2023 against four persons. Ten others were arrested for promoting illegal and anti-national activities of PFI and sending illegal funds from abroad to PFI members/accused persons.

NIA has found persons associated with PFI operating multiple channels on popular video platforms. These channels were distributing content aimed at inciting communal violence and terror in India. The NIA said in the press release that the suspects, who have international links, were involved in propagating the PFI ideology using social media.