Puber’s Pen Correspondent: Central agencies NIA and ED have been searching the homes and offices of political parties Popular Front and PFI leaders for quite some time now. Earlier such searches were conducted in other states but not in Kolkata. However, a forceful search was conducted at the offices of the Popular Front near Park Circus and Tiljala Road in Kolkata on Thursday.
On this day, NIA and ED conducted a simultaneous search in the office of Sheikh Moktar, the state level leader of the organization. According to sources, many leaflets, banners were found from the Tiljala office, with anti-police and anti-government slogans written on them. Various electronic items, computers, printers have been confiscated.
The organization has been accused of inciting violence in Uttar Pradesh against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Although the organization claims, false allegations are being made in their name. Central investigators have so far arrested 100 members of ‘Popular Front of India’.
In this regard, the Popular Front has protested against the operation of NIA and ED. In a statement, the organization complained that they are being harassed unnecessarily. The government is using central agencies to quell protests. They have no connection with any militant organization.
Similarly, Social Democratic Party of India National President MK Faizi protested the search and arrest.