LUCKNOW: National Investigation Agency (NIA) along with sleuths from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the state agencies conducted searches at the premises of members of the Popular Front of India (PFI) and their associates on suspicion of ‘dubious deals’.
In UP one was arrested while six others were still being questioned till the last reports came in.
NIA sources said that searches were conducted in Lucknow where one Wasim Ahmad, a member of PFI was arrested from the Indiranagar area. The teams had swooped down in the wee hours of Thursday.
Sources privy to the probe revealed that many incriminating documents were recovered from the premises of Wasim Ahmad following which he was arrested by the NIA.
NIA also carried out searches in Varanasi where two are being questioned and two also in Ghaziabad, while one in Barabanki, and Bahraich.
NIA said that the searches were carried out based on a large number of criminal cases registered by different states over the last few years against the PFI and its leaders and members for their involvement in many violent acts.
“Criminal violent acts carried out by PFI such as chopping off the hand of a college professor, cold-blooded killings of persons associated with organisations espousing the other faiths, collection of explosives to target prominent people and places, support to Islamic State and destruction of public property have had a demonstrative effect of striking terror in the minds of the citizens,” said the NIA.
NIA had carried out searches in 93 locations of 15 states of India including Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, West Bengal, Bihar and Manipur in which 45 were arrested.