Kerala govt issues order to seal PFI offices, freeze bank accounts

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala government issued an order in the wake of the central government banning Popular Front of India and its eight affiliated organizations for five years.

The order issued by the Home Department authorizes the Collector and the police in-charge to take necessary action on the matter.

With this, the government will move ahead with measures to close and seal the offices and freeze bank accounts of Popular Front and related organizations in Kerala.

The order has been issued under the UAPA Act, 1967. Once the government issues the order, the State Police Chief will issue a circular and initiate police action.

Earlier, the Ministry of Home Affairs had directed the state governments to take strong action against the organizations. But the state government had not issued the order. Meanwhile, states including, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, had taken measures to close down shops in their respective states.

Meanwhile, it was revealed that Shafeeq, a native of Peringathur in Kannur, was the person who managed donations of PFI from abroad. Despite not being a senior figure in PFI, he played a key role in gathering funds received by PFI through various sources. According to police, PFI Malappuram division president BP Abdul Rasaq controlled PFI funding through Abu Dhabi.

It is learned that a hotel and a pharmacy in Abu Dhabi acted as the centre for financial transactions of PFI. Additionally, the police investigation revealed that PFI leaders owned a Restaurant in Abu Dhabi. Meanwhile, BP Abdul Rasaq and Shafeeq were arrested by the police in connection with the case filed by NIA.

Enforcement Directorate found that PFI received Rs 120 crore as donations through more than hundred bank accounts.

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