PFI funded violent CAA stir? Rs 120 crore transferred in 73 accounts during protests, says ED report
New Delhi: In a sensational revelation, it has emerged that the radical Islamist outfit Popular Front of India (PFI) mobilised funds upto Rs 120 crore during anti- anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests in December.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) made this stunning charge against the radical group and also named some top-notch lawyers as the recipients of money.
This is for the first time that a direct link is being established between the violent protests and the radical group.
Money transferred to A/c linked to PFI
The ED has sent the note after correlating the dates of money deposited in bank accounts and dates of anti-CAA protests in UP, ED sources told the news men.
ED’s note to the Home Ministry comes after an investigation into bank accounts of PFI in some districts of western UP. During the investigation, ED found that a huge amount of money was transferred to bank accounts linked to the PFI.
Protests against the CAA had turned violent last year, resulting in damages to public property in several places across Uttar Pradesh.
Earlier this month, MHA had received a report from the UP government on the activities of PFI in the state.
Money trail links PFI with anti-CAA stir
The UP DGP OP Singh had also said that PFI was actively involved in violent protests against the CAA, he added that some members of the party had been arrested and there was proof regarding the same. Singh also wrote a letter to the MHA seeking a ban on the PFI for its involvement in anti-CAA protests last year.
The CAA grants Indian citizenship to refugees from Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Parsi communities fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh, who entered India on or before December 31, 2014. (ANI)