In Kerala, raids against the Indian Popular Front continue
Kerala Police on Sunday raided homes, shops and establishments belonging to the Indian Popular Front here, and seized various electronic devices including mobile phones and laptops.
The raids, led by Kannur DCP K Ratnakumar, began at 5 p.m. and lasted more than two hours, police said.
Kannur town police raided the homes of PFI leaders. Pappinisseri, Valapattanam, Iritti, Mattannur and Kannapuram police stations also carried out the raids in their jurisdictions.
Various commercial establishments, including hypermarkets and ready-to-wear stores, in the neighborhood were raided by the police.
Police seized laptops, bank details and cell phones.
In Valapattanam, police raided an Akshaya Kendra, a godown and another commercial establishment.
Police also ordered shop and establishment owners to report to them on Monday morning. Police said bank account details were seized to determine whether they were receiving funds from foreign countries.
In near-simultaneous raids across the country, a multi-agency operation led by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on September 22 led to the arrest of 106 Indian Popular Front (PFI) activists in 11 states for allegedly supporting terrorist activities. in the country.
The NIA had said documents seized in the nationwide raids contained highly incriminating material targeting prominent leaders of a particular community.
The Kerala PFI called a statewide hartal on September 23.
Masked men went on a rampage in different parts of Kerala during the dawn to dusk hartal, damaging state-run buses and ambulances, injuring police and commoners, vandalizing shops and threatening the public.
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