Action on organisations like RSS, Maoists were not effective in the past: CPM on PFI ban

Sitaram Yechury. Photo: PTI

New Delhi: Banning Popular Front of India (PFI) "is not the way" to tackle the problem, said CPM politburo.

"Popular Front of India (PFI) is an organization which holds extremist views and has been indulging in violent activities against its perceived opponents... However, the notification of the PFI as an unlawful association under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) is not the way to tackle this problem," it said in a media release.

"Past experience has shown that bans on organisations like the RSS and the Maoists were not effective. There has to be firm administrative action under the existing laws against the PFI whenever it indulges in illegal or violent activities. Its sectarian and divisive ideology must be exposed and fought politically among the people," CPM said.

It alleged that both PFI and the RSS "have been engaged in killings and retaliatory killings in Kerala and coastal Karnataka."

"There are also extremist organisations like the Sanatan Sanstha and the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, elements of whom have been implicated in the killings of noted secular writers and personalities. All these forces, whether they represent extremist majority or minority groups, must be combated by utilizing the regular laws of the land and by firm administrative action," CPM said.

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