PFI ban: Security beefed up in Kerala; CRPF protection for RSS leaders in Aluva

Thiruvananthapuram: The union government asked police departments in states and union territories to stay vigilant following the ban imposed on the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its affiliated organisations on Wednesday. The union home ministry recommended the presence of senior police officers in the problematic areas.

The union ministry has also asked the police to locate the offices of PFI and its affiliates, deploy personnel and take necessary action. Intelligence agencies have warned of the possibility of violent protests in the wake of the ban. Further, states including Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, and Maharastra, having a strong presence of PFI, are directed to take extra security measures to counter any violence.

Meanwhile, the offices of PFI and its affiliates were sealed off by authorities in South Indian states. The main offices of PFI in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are closed down on Wednesday morning. The police force is deployed in areas where PFI has a strong presence in Kerala. State police officials said that action will be taken to seal off the PFI offices and buildings. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will meet with the DGP and other senior police officials.

Meanwhile, CRPF was deployed in Aluva, a PFI stronghold, to provide security to RSS leaders and offices in the area. Earlier, the NIA raid found that PFI had planned to attack RSS leaders in the area. Based on these findings, a decision was taken to provide security here.

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