The Popular Front of India (PFI) has been denied permission to hold a rally in the national capital on Saturday. The event was set to take place in Ambedkar Bhawan in Delhi’s Jhandewalan neighbourhood. The demonstration was titled ‘Save the Republic,’ and the police have threatened to take action if the Islamist group attempted to organise it without the necessary permission.
This comes after the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) wrote a petition to the Delhi Police asking them to put an end to the protest that PFI was planning in the nation’s capital.
“This organisation (PFI) is running suspicious activities across the whole country. The investigation of its involvement in several violent incidents in the country is going on in many states. On the occasion of Independence Day, such activities can spoil the atmosphere in the National capital, that’s why we are requesting you to stop this immediately. Please take the right action and also inform the same to us.”
Vinod Bansal, another VHP leader, retweeted the letter and commented, “VHP will never allow #PFI’s anti-national activities, we have addressed a letter to @DelhiPolice @CPDelhi requesting that it be stopped immediately.”
This is not the first time the Popular Front of India has held its signature event, ‘Save the Republic.’ On May 21, this year, one similar gathering was held in Kerala’s Alappuzha district. Prior to the event’s start, PFI announced that a large people’s conference would be conducted in Alappuzha as part of a statewide campaign.
“People from all over the states are expected to participate in the programme, which will begin shortly,” PFI tweeted. The extreme organisation said in a Facebook post that the event would be inaugurated by Chairman Oma Salam. Former Rajya Sabha member Obaidullah Khan Azmi has been invited to lead the “volunteer march.”
Earlier on July 7, the BJP’s Telangana unit called for the ban of the Popular Front of India following the arrest of four of its leaders in Nizamabad and urged the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to ban the “radical organisation,” citing recent arrests and subsequent confessions by the suspects as evidence that the PFI has been actively radicalising Muslim youth for years.
“The PFI agenda confessed by the arrested suspects to the police is extremely unsettling and dangerous to the religious harmony and social integrity of this nation. These radicals admitting that they have been training hundreds of youth against Hindu community, is a serious plot to destabilise the society.”K Krishnasagar Rao (Chief Spokesperson BJP)
Previously, on May 5, the Kerala High Court ruled that the Popular Front of India (PFI) and the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) are extremist organisations that have yet to be banned in India.
The remarks were given by the court while hearing the plea of the wife of slain RSS worker A Sanjith, who was seeking an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).