The National Investigation Agency, or the NIA, raided the Kolkata office of the Popular Front of India (PFI) in the wee hours of Thursday. Officers of the central agency searched the area with a massive cover of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel for 10 hours.
Several documents and mobile phones related to the PFI have been recovered in the searches. India Today TV has accessed the seizure list, according to which the NIA has recovered a Bengali booklet demanding that the extension of territorial jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) along the international borders be withdrawn, claiming it was against the federal structure.
Another booklet in Bengali recovered by the agency condemns the NIA’s recent arrests of Al-Qaeda terrorists from Bengal’s Murshidabad district.
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Some electronic devices, including a hard disk, have been recovered. Other documents include posters in Urdu, Arabic and Bengali titled “Babri ekdin jarur uthegi (Babri will rise one day)”, posters accusing the RSS of using the Enforcement Directorate. Apart from this, some flex banners against the UP police have also been found.
The seizure list also details several ‘provocative’ placards. A hand-written piece of paper listing funds given to PFI members has also been found.
Meanwhile, some human rights organizations in Kolkata held a press conference at the Press Club condemning the crackdown on the PFI’s office.
“There is no reason to slap UAPA against those who reside at the Tiljala office. Documents show there is nothing prohibitory,” Md Sohorab Hossain, a lawyer and human rights activist, said.
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