The rise and rise of Popular Front of India | India News

NEW DELHI: The Popular Front of India (PFI) is under the scanner with the arrest of 106 activists for allegedly supporting terror activities in the country after simultaneous raids by the NIA in 15 states.
The Centre’s massive crackdown evoked strong reaction from the PFI which has enforced a “hartal” in Kerala, which has been the organisation’s stronghold.
Here is a look at how the organisation which was formed in 2006 has spread its wings over the years.
The Beginning
Following the Babri Masjid demolition, a group of Muslim activists, including some leaders of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), mooted the idea of a more aggressive organisation, one committed to the cause of ‘Muslim-Dalit-Backward classes’.
This led to the formation of National Development Front (NDF) in 1993. After more than a decade of eventful existence in Kerala, the NDF leaders thought of spreading…

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