NIA officials during raid / Photo: Screengrab of Mathrubhumi News
Pathanamthitta: The absence of PFI leaders in the locations here raided by NIA in the wee hours of Thursday has raised allegations against police in the state. It is suspected that somebody has leaked the information on the raid to PFI leaders.
In the raid that happened months ago, police were not intimated and NIA conducted it with help of CRPF which is also under the centre. However, this time, the raid was conducted after intimating the matter to the local police.
Three locations in the district were raided. Two leaders have been out of the station from the other day, while one other reportedly fled the location just hours before the raid.
According to reports, NIA is likely to probe the alleged leaking of information to the PFI.NIA carried out raids at multiple locations in the state including residences of second-rung leaders across the banned outfit.The raids, which started late last night are still underway, said sources.
Earlier in October, Kerala Police issued a media release refuting reports which claimed NIA has handed over details of 873 police officials suspected to have links with PFI to DGP. The reports are baseless, the release said.
Separately, a policeman in Ernakulam was suspended for allegedly aiding PFI during the state-wide hartal on September 23.
In September, NIA arrested several functionaries including top leaders of PFI in 15 states for allegedly supporting terror activities in the country.