Former vice-president Hamid Ansari on Saturday (23 September) attended an event in Kozhikode, Kerala, which was co-organised by the National Women’s Front (NWF), the women’s wing of the Popular Front of India (PFI).
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), according to this report in The Hindu, “demanded an apology from Ansari for taking part in a programme organised by the PFI, an organisation it alleged was responsible for recruiting youngsters to the Islamic State”.
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PFI is a known Islamist organisation operating primarily in the southern states of India. The radical and violent elements of the PFI are well known, and that made Ansari’s participation in the event all the more shocking.
In July 2010, 13 activists of the PFI had chopped off the hand of a professor in Kerala, accusing him of blasphemy against Islam.
In March 2016, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested a person called K V Abdul Jaleel in relation to what is called the Narath training camp case. Jaleel was accused of assembling 21 men in April 2013 and training them in making bombs. Amongst these 21, there were members of the PFI.
In August 2017, the Karnataka police arrested five people for the murder of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker, Sharat Madivala. All five were directly or indirectly related to the PFI.
In August 2016, a man named Rudresh was murdered in broad daylight in Bengaluru. In November, the police arrested the Bengaluru head of the PFI himself in connection with the murder.
In 2009, two PFI activists had assaulted an ASP with weapons.
It must also be noted that the PFI drew some of its cadre and leadership from the banned terror organisation, the Students Islamic Movement of India.
Former Kerala chief minister, V S Achuthanandan, speaking in the Kerala assembly in 2010, had said that the PFI was aiming for ‘Islamisation of Kerala’.
Proving Modi Right
Prime Minister Modi, when delivering his farewell address for Hamid Ansari in the Rajya Sabha a few weeks ago, had indirectly referred to the latter’s Islamist inclinations and associations. By participating in an event co-organised by an openly Islamist organisation, Ansari has only proven the Prime Minister right.