Terror funds: NIA raids on PFI in 40 locations in Telangana, AP | Hyderabad News


HYDERABAD/VIJAYAWADA: In a big crackdown on the controversial Islamist outfit, Popular Front of India (PFI), National Investigation Agency (NIA) carried out simultaneous searches at 40 locations in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh since Saturday midnight, amidst raging protests by locals. Four PFI suspects were detained by the agency early Sunday as part of its probe to track and freeze terror funds.
The case was taken over by NIA, two-and-a-half months after Nizamabad police busted an alleged PFI terror-training module. The agency had registered a fresh FIR on August 26.
Searches straddling two days were launched at 38 locations in Telangana – 23 in Nizamabad, four in Hyderabad, seven in Jagtial, two in Nirmal and one each in Adilabad and Karimnagar – and at Kurnool and Nellore in Andhra Pradesh.
NIA teams, assisted by armed security personnel and local police, blocked approach roads to houses of suspects during the operation. In Jagtial, police had to break open a closed shop to search the place.
Buchireddypalem in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore district remained tense after NIA teams kicked off searches at the residence of a suspect, Ilyaz. Sources said Ilyaz allegedly had links with Abdul Khader, who was arrested in July. Ilyaz’s relatives and friends staged protests by squatting in front of vehicles of NIA officials. They raised slogans and tried to stop entry of the anti-terror team. During searches, sleuths claimed to have seized incriminating materials, digital devices, and documents from houses of Ilyaz and other suspects.
Talking to reporters, Sheik Muqeet, a PFI suspect from Nizamabad, said, “NIA teams arrived at 3am and continued searches till 10am. After prolonged questioning, they took away two mobile phones, bank passbooks and other documents. They served a notice, directing me to visit the NIA office for interrogation.”
NIA officials, however, stated the accused were “organizing training camps for fresh recruits and unleash terror and promote enmity between different groups on basis of religion.” Agency personnel clarified that searches were conducted to zero in on foreign funds being ploughed into terrorism. “The financial transactions of some suspects are being probed,” said an official.
Two months ago, Telangana police found that Abdul Khader, who was promised 6 lakh by the PFI leadership, had used the funds to construct a portion of his house. The premises were being used for karate coaching and uploading hate videos against a particular community, NIA said.
Twenty-seven persons, who were made accused in the case, had allegedly plotted to commit terror acts in the state, the agency added.





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