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Murder of 2 students: Karnataka may ban ‘SIMI offshoot’

They attended a meeting in Bangalore in 2006 and organised a jail bharo agitation at Mysore in 2009.

Written by Johnson T A | Bangalore |
June 24, 2011 12:10:44 am

In the wake of the kidnapping and murder of two college students allegedly by members of an outfit known as the Karnataka Forum for Dignity (KFD),the state government may initiate a process to ban the organisation.

Home Minister R Ashoka said: “During interrogation of the six accused,it has been revealed that they are members of the KFD,an offshoot of the banned SIMI. They attended a meeting in Bangalore in 2006 and organised a jail bharo agitation at Mysore in 2009. We are considering writing to the Chief Minister to ban this organisation.’’

Sudhindra (21) and Vignesh (20) were allegedly killed after a failed Rs 5-crore ransom bid.

Reacting to the adverse publicity being generated for KFD,members of the group claimed that the organisation did not exist since its merger with Popular Front of India (PFI),created in February 2007. The KFD merged with Kerala’s National Democratic Front and Tamil Nadu’s MNP to create the PFI,former KFD members claimed.

“The fact that these arrested persons participated in meetings of the KFD or PFI does not make them members of the groups. The KFD merged with the PFI. The events the youths attended,as per the police,were open to the public and could have been attended by anyone. An attempt has been made by the Home Minister to show an organisation involved in the welfare of minorities in a bad light,’’ PFI national general secretary M Shareef said.

Police sources said they were yet to explore the extent of the KFD’s involvement.

“Mentioning KFD may be a ruse to divert a criminal case into a communal one,’’ said a police officer.

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