NIA raids PFI hideouts in Rajasthan; several members taken into custody
Operations are currently underway in several cities including Jaipur, Bundi, Sawaimadhopur, and Kota.
JAIPUR: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted raids at 7 locations in Rajasthan in connection with suspected terror funding to the banned organisation Popular Front of India (PFI). Several members of the front were taken into custody after the NIA searched their homes.
Operations are currently underway in several cities including Jaipur, Bundi, Sawaimadhopur, and Kota. In Kota, three members of the PFI were detrained after raids, while in Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Bundi, and Bhilwara, one member each was detained, according to preliminary reports.
The NIA conducted a raid at the house of a man in the Gulnagari area of Bhilwara. The man is a social activist and a suspected former member of PFI. Notably, the NIA team did not provide any updates to the local police regarding the operation.
Early in the morning, the NIA team arrived in Kota and conducted raids in the Rampura police station area. In total, the team targeted three locations in Kota.
As per information obtained from sources, the recent raids in Rajasthan resulted in the arrest of two persons.
During the interrogation, it came to light that not only the PFI office bearers but also the members and cadre of PFI in the Kota district were engaged in unlawful activities.
On September 19, 2022, the NIA registered a case, following which it conducted raids on the suspected residential and business premises of PFI officials.