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PFI floated agency in Munnar to fund radical acts: ED

The Enforcement Directorate

Leaders of the Popular Front of India (PFI) had floated an organization in Munnar, Kerala, to launder cash collected overseas and fund “radical activities” of the organisation, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has advised a court docket in Lucknow.

It has additionally claimed hyperlinks of those leaders with an alleged “terror group” that the PFI was forming.

The company has filed a prosecution criticism (equal to a chargesheet) towards two PFI leaders recognized as Abdul Razaq Peediyakkal alias Abdul Razak BP and Asharaf Khadir alias Ashraf MK. Both are office-bearers of PFI and primarily based in Kerala.

According to the prosecution criticism, the duo “in association with other PFI leaders and members associated with overseas entities, were developing a residential project — Munnar Villa Vista Project (MVVP) at Munnar — with a motive to launder money collected from foreign countries as well as within the country and to generate funds for PFI to finance its radical activities”.

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According to the ED, the 2 are additionally linked with the switch of Rs 3.5 lakh (from August 2018 to January 2021) to PFI member Anshad Badharudeen who was arrested by the UP Police Anti-Terrorism Squad final 12 months, together with PFI member Firoz Khan. The police had recovered improvised explosive units, one 32 bore pistol and 7 reside cartridges from their possession.

“As per the FIR, as part of criminal conspiracy, some PFI members were planning to form a terrorist gang and were collecting deadly weapons and explosive devices to simultaneously launch attacks on many important and sensitive places and personalities in UP with an intent to challenge the unity, integrity and sovereignty of the nation and to disturb communal harmony,” the ED stated.

According to the ED’s prosecution criticism, Abdul Razak BP, a long-time member of PFI and its associated entities, who additionally served as PFI divisional president for Perumpadappu, Malappuram, Kerala, was a key consultant of the organisation in Gulf international locations and was actively concerned and instrumental within the fund elevating actions of PFI in India and overseas.

The company has alleged that Razak transferred round Rs 34 lakh from the UAE to Rehab India Foundation (RIF) – a entrance organisation of PFI. Similarly, he transferred Rs 2 lakh to M Okay Faizy – president of Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) – political entrance of PFI,
the company has alleged.

“Investigation also revealed that he was involved in raising/collecting funds abroad and he transferred around Rs 19 crore to India through underground/illegal channels,” ED stated.

On Ashraf MK, member of PFI Kerala State Executive Council (beforehand PFI president of Ernakulam district), the ED has stated he, too, was concerned within the funding of PFI in addition to the associated entities.

“He was the owner of Darbar restaurant in Abu Dhabi, which served as a money laundering front of PFI. However, to conceal the laundering of proceeds of crime through Darbar restaurant, he did not disclose the fact of ownership of Darbar restaurant before the government authorities. Abdul Razak BP was involved with him in carrying out the money laundering activities of PFI and related entities through Darbar restaurant,” the ED has stated.


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