September 6, 2010 4:48:08 pm
The Kerala government today informed the state High Court that investigators have obtained evidence that radical outfit Popular Front of India (PFI) — which allegedly launched a brutal attack on a college lecturer in July has connections with the Hizbul Mujahideen,Lashkar-e-Toiba (Let) and the al-Qaeda.
The submission in this regard was made by R Rajashekharan Nair,Deputy Secretary (Home),in a counter affdaivit filed in a PIL by Gireesh Babu seeking a ban on PFI and to hand over the investigation on the attack of the lecturer to National Investigation Agency (NIA).
The government assured that proper and detailed investigation shall be conducted by the state against the activities of PFI.
Some of the materials seized by investigators indicate that these organsiations are trying to propagate extreme ideology to its cadres,it was stated.
The state government also claimed that terrorism is not deep-rooted in the state. There has been no major terrorist attack in the state.
Pointing that the power to ban PFI rests with the Union government,the government said that PFI’s linkages with organsiations like Simi are under investigation.
In Kerala,National Democratic Front (NDF)and PFI activists have been involved in several crime cases including murder and attempt to murder.
Allegations regarding flow of foreign funds to extremists was under inquiry by police and state intelligence.
The allegation that terrorists are getting weaponry,financial and political support from Pakistan is under inquiry by the central government agency,the affidavit stated.
The investigation into the attack on college lecturer,Prof T J Joseph,was progressing and this cannot be transferred to the National Investigation Agency. The case is being investigated by senior officials.
The allegations regarding PFI and its sister organisation STPI propagating extreme ideology was under inquiry.
The government stated that the plea of the petitioner that the investigation into the attack on the lecturer be handed over to NIA was not justifiable.
Raids were conducted in all the district. Materials,weapons and other items were seized from various places and 24 cases registered in this connection are under investigation.
All the fundamentalist organisations functioning in the state are under close scrutiny by various agencies of central and state governments. Senior police offciials were probing the case on a daily basis and hence the plea to hand over the case to NIA was without any merit and was liable to be rejected.
It was submitted that allegation that terrorists were getting weaponry,fianncial and political support from Paksitan is a matter under enquiry by the central agencies.
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