NIA Raids: Popular Front of India's Bihar office raided before Amit Shah's visit

National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted raids at the Popular Front of India (PFI) offices in Purnia, Aurangabad, and Araria districts on Thursday.
The NIA is conducting massive search operations against the Popular Front of India all over the country. PFI has been accused of being involved in anti-social activities.
The NIA is conducting massive search operations against the Popular Front of India all over the country. PFI has been accused of being involved in anti-social activities.IANS

Ahead of Union Home Minister Amit Shah's rallies in Bihar's Seemanchal region, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted raids at the offices of the Popular Front of India (PFI) in Purnia, Aurangabad, and Araria districts on Thursday.

Shah's consecutive rallies are scheduled on Friday in Purnia and Saturday in Kishanganj districts. These two districts are considered Muslim-dominated districts of the Seemanchal region.

Separate teams of NIA reached the PFI offices of Purnia and Araria on Thursday morning and investigated the documents available in them.

Besides Bihar, NIA conducted raids in Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu as well.

Sources have said that 106 persons belonging to PFI were also arrested during the raid. NIA sources have said that this would be the biggest raids conducted in the country on the PFI.

Following the raid, BJP's firebrand leader and MP Giriraj Singh slammed Janata Dal-United Chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Dal Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav for making the state a shelter home for terrorists. He also blamed both the leaders are trying to make PFI a cultural organization in the state.

"PFI is a terror organization in the country. After the ban of the Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), its leaders converted the organization into PFI and formed sleeper cells in the state. Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav are responsible for it," Singh said.

Meanwhile, the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) released a statement in Delhi and its National President M.K. Faizy condemned the raids by the NIA and the arrest of PFI leaders.

"The craven fascist regime has completely failed in the development of the nation and created a shadow enemy of the country to cover up its failure of governance," the statement said. (KB/IANS)

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