16 cases are filed against PFI by the Assam police

PFI is the subject of 16 cases registered by the Assam police

Police in Assam have registered 16 cases against Popular Front of India (PFI) and launched a crackdown on other groups active in the state, a top police official said in regards to PFI’s alleged links with a terror group based in Bangladesh.

Additionally, the police have registered two more cases against Campus Front of India (CFI), the student wing of PFI. Charge sheets were filed in 12 cases, and investigations are in progress for the remaining cases, said Additional Director General of Police (Special Branch) Hiren Nath. Police registered a case in Barpeta district on April 15, and 16 members of Ansarullah Bangla Team, including Maqibul Hussain, were arrested. Hussain confessed during his interrogation that he was the district president of PFI Barpeta. ‘We have found evidence that PFI has close links with Ansarullah Bangla Team based in Bangladesh. Hussain was working for PFI in lower Assam and has links to Ansarullah Bangla Team. He was trained by Mehdi Hasan,’ Nath said.

Ansarullah Bangla Team is an Al-Qaeda-backed terror outfit based in Bangladesh. A police official said several PFI workers are employed in Assam’s 10 districts. PFI activities are being closely monitored, he explained. He uses sensitive issues unrelated to Assam to stir up religious sentiment in the state. Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Assam chief minister who earlier called for the Central government to ban the PFI and seal its bank account, recently accused the organization of setting fire to Batadrava police station in the Nagaon district of Assam on May 21.