Around 11 states were raided by multi-agency teams led by the National Investigation Agency on Thursday morning for allegedly supporting terror activities in the country, arresting 106 activists of the Popular Front of India.
Assam (9), Delhi (3), Madhya Pradesh (4), Puducherry (3), Tamil Nadu (10), Uttar Pradesh (8) and Rajasthan (2) had the highest number of arrests. The second highest number is in Maharashtra (22 arrests), followed by Karnataka (20 arrests), Andhra Pradesh (5), Madhya Pradesh (4), Puducherry (3), Kerala (22) and Maharashtra (20 arrests each.
In the raids, which officials call the “largest investigation process to date”, arrests were made.
As of now, 11 states’ police forces and the NIA have arrested activists, but details of the activists are not known.
There are searches at premises related to terror funding, training camps, and radicalizing people into joining proscribed organizations, the officials said.
It said in a statement that raids were being conducted on the homes of top national, state, and local leaders of the Popular Front of India as well as on the state committee office.
The ED investigated a number of incidents as fueling the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, including a reported gang-rape and death of a Dalit woman in Hathras (a district in Uttar Pradesh). It is also being investigated what caused the Delhi riots in 2020