PFI Kerala secretary CA Rauf in NIA custody | Kochi News – Times of India

KOCHI: CA Rauf, the former Kerala state secretary of the now-banned Popular Front of India (PFI) was taken into custody from his house at Pattambi, Palakkad by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday night. Rauf is the 12th accused in the NIA case against PFI leaders registered by the Kochi unit for unlawful activities including alleged conspiracy to establish Islamic rule in India by committing a terrorist act as a part of violent jihad.
Rauf was on the run ever since the central agency began its crackdown against PFI and arrested its leaders. Sources said that Rauf’s arrest was being recorded and he would be produced before the NIA special court in Kochi on Friday. Earlier, 12 leaders of the PFI who are accused in the case were arrested. They are remanded in judicial custody.
The agency had submitted before the court in the remand report of the other accused that documents seized through raids contained highly incriminating materials related to the targeting of prominent leaders of a particular community. The PFI, its office bearers, members and affiliates in Kerala have conspired to indulge in unlawful activities, by creating enmity between members of different religions and groups, prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony, with an intention to disrupt public tranquility and cause disaffection against India, NIA had submitted before the court.
NIA had stated in a remand report on September 22 that two of the FIR named accused Abdul Sathar (A3) and CA Rauf (A12) who were then yet to be arrested, called for statewide hartal on September 23 and that clearly showed the influence wielded by the accused. Sathar too was later arrested by the NIA. PFI was banned by the government of India on September 28.

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