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Telangana Police to step up security for Friday in view of raids on PFI

According to the latest reports, the Telangana police will step up its security on Friday in view of the three-day raids by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Enforcement Directorate on the homes and offices of people associated with the Popular Front of India.

On Monday, raids were conducted in Telangana at 38 different locations, with four people arrested as a result of the investigation. The NIA conducted raids after re-registering a UAPA case on August 26. The case had previously been booked by Nizamabad VI Town police on July 4 and four people were arrested, including Abdul Khader, a Karate trainer.

On Thursday, the NIA raided offices and individuals associated with the Popular Front of India in ten states in the country. Several PFI leaders were taken into custody and relocated to Delhi by the agency.

Following the developments, police in erstwhile Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Adilabad, and the state capital have been placed on high alert, fearing a possible protest by PFI cadres.

As a precautionary measure, the Rapid Action Force will be stationed in certain districts, while local police will be stationed in sufficient numbers near PFI offices in all districts.

In light of large congregations at mosques on Fridays and the possibility of protest, senior police officials held a meeting to discuss the situation.

PFI calls for Kerala shutdown on Friday

The Kerala unit of the PFI has called for statewide dawn to dusk bandh to protest the NIA and Enforcement Directorate raids.

All eyes are now on how severe the shutdown will be, because in Kerala, any call for a shutdown means that shops, offices, and markets remain closed, and public road transport vehicles do not operate.

The raids were carried out with the assistance of Central forces, and according to reports, the top brass of the Kerala Police was informed but not told what the mission was, and a few battalions of the force were asked to be ready if the need arose.



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