New Delhi: NIA officials yesterday raided 25 locations linked to the banned Popular Front of India (PFI) in Kerala, Karnataka and Bihar.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Patna on July 12 last year to participate in the centenary program of the Bihar Legislative Assembly. At that time, the intelligence department warned that there was a conspiracy to kill Prime Minister Modi.
Subsequently, the security forces thwarted the plot. Then 6 people were arrested and many documents related to BFI organization were seized.
A case was first registered in this regard at Bihar’s Bhulwari Sharif Police Station. The investigation revealed the involvement of the BFI organization in this conspiracy.
It was also learned that there was a rehearsal for the execution of the plot and the weapons and explosives required for it were given to Yakub, a member of the BFI. It was also revealed that he trained the BFI cadres to carry out the conspiracy plan. Further, the investigation revealed that the BFI had planned to disrupt the peace by carrying out attacks at various places. Subsequently, the case was handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on July 22 last year.
In connection with this case, the NIA officers conducted a search in Bihar’s Motihari area on February 4 and 5. At that time, 2 people were arrested for arranging weapons for the conspiracy.
In this case, the NIA officials yesterday conducted raids at 16 places in Karnataka, including Puttur and Pantwal, which are associated with the BFI organization. The probe was conducted based on information received that those involved in terrorist activities in Karnataka were receiving financial support from the Gulf countries. Similarly, NIA officials conducted raids at 9 places in Kerala and Bihar states.
Testing in Jammu and Kashmir: NIA officials yesterday conducted raids at 3 places in Jammu and Kashmir’s Patgam district. The raid was carried out with the help of Kashmir police and CRPF personnel, government sources said.
The raid was conducted in connection with a case that had already been registered. Officials said the details of the case would be disclosed later.