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  • Centre declares ban on PFI
  • PFI banned for 5 years with immediate effect
  • PFI allegedly involved in terror activities in country

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The development comes after two rounds of pan-India swoops by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). 

Union ministry of home affairs on Wednesday put a ban on Popular Front of India (PFI) and its associates or affiliates for a period of 5 years as an unlawful association under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) with immediate effect.

The development comes after two rounds of pan-India swoops by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) against the outfit this month for allegedly supporting terror activities in the country.

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The first round of multi-agency raids spearheaded by the NIA was carried out on September 22, a follow up raid was seen on Tuesday, September 27 in several states in which at least 250 people linked to PFI were taken into custody.

Among the banned affiliates of include Rehab India Foundation(RIF), Campus Front of India(CFI), All India Imams Council(AIIC), National Confederation of Human Rights Org(NCHRO), National Women’s Front, Jr Front, Empower India Foundation & Rehab Foundation, Kerala.

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