National Investigation Agency (NIA) agents raided locations in two Telugu states on Thursday in a fresh crackdown against the Popular Front of India (PFI) activists.
The PFI office located in the Chandrayangutta area of the old city has been sealed by the elite investigating agency and a notice has been affixed to the building requesting that the owner contact the Special NIA court at Nampally Metropolitan Criminal Court.
Raids are taking place in the Uppal and Ghatkesar areas of Hyderabad, and searches are also being conducted in Karimnagar and Guntur districts.
On August 28 this year, the Hyderabad NIA unit registered a case under IPC sections 120B, 121A, 153A, 141, and certain sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), official reports said.
The NIA raided 38 locations in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on Sunday morning, arresting four suspects and sending them to judicial remand. This caused a stir among the PFI cadre.
A total of 100 top leaders and functionaries of the Popular Front of India (PFI) have been arrested in raids across the country early this morning. In several states, NIA, ED, and state police have carried out coordinated raids.
It was reported that similar raids have taken place in LB Nagar, Autonagar, Uppal, and other areas of Hyderabad. The NIA officials have carried out raids in Karimnagar and detained suspects. Bank passbooks, statements, mobile phones, and other electronic devices were recovered from the suspects by the officials.
As per the reports, the investigation agency suspects that the members of the PFI received large sums of money from unknown sources and engaged in illegal activities such as causing disturbances. Financial transactions between PFI members, leaders, and others have also been verified by ED officials who have participated in raids.
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