For Centre to decide on ban on PFI: CPI-M

CPI-M led LDF government in Kerala Saturday left it to Centre to take a decision to ban the radical Muslim outfit, the Popular Front of India (PFI).

Last Updated: Jul 24, 2010, 18:23 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: CPI-M led LDF government
in Kerala Saturday left it to Centre to take a decision to ban the
radical Muslim outfit, the Popular Front of India (PFI), whose
activists were responsible for chopping the hand of a college
lecturer for preparing a question paper with derogatory
references about Prophet Mohammed.

PFI operates not only in Kerala but also in some other
states, so it was for the Centre to examine the activities of
the outfit and take a decision, state Home Minister Kodiyeri
Balakrishnan told reporters after a high level meeting of top
police officials here today.

In Kerala, PFI was trying to inflame communal passion
and religious sentiments, he said. Kerala would give its
opinion on the question of banning the organisation when
Centre ask for it, he said.

Kerala wanted the Centre to take up the probe into the
case of tampering the brake of a passenger train at Nilambur
on July 7.

“This is the first case in Kerala involving trains. A probe by Centre would reveal whether it has any connection
with train related incidents in other states,” he said.

Without giving details, Balakrishnan said one suspected
Maoist was taken into custody at Nilambur the other day and
investigation was progressing whether he had any role in
the incident connected with cutting off the brake system of
a stationary Nilambur-Shornur passenger train.

Literature and documents seized from the offices and
residents of PFI activists as part of probe into the attack on
lecturer had revealed many things about their activities,
Balakrishnan said.

PTI

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