According to reports, while the central government is making moves to ban the Popular Front of India (PFI), the state government is against the same.
Several states, including Uttar Pradesh, have demanded a ban on PFI. The NIA also says that the Popular Front has links with terrorist organizations, including the Islamic State (ISIS), and that some members of the Popular Front have joined the ISIS.
The state government and the CPM were not in favour of the ban on PFI even when Abhimanyu, a student of Maharaja’s College and a member of the SFI Idukki district committee, was killed. The central government had collected information about Abhimanyu’s murder.
According to the police report, SDPI and Popular Front activists are accused in 31 murder cases in the state.
The government estimates that the NDF and the Popular Front came into being when SIMI (Students Islamic Movement) was banned in 2001 and that most of the SIMI activists are now in the Popular Front. The government’s stand is that they should be isolated and legal action should be taken against the crimes.
The Karnataka police had found that the Popular Front was behind the attack on former Congress Minister and MLA Tanveer Sait and the accused Farhan Pasha was trained in Kerala. The Karnataka government had then recommended banning the Popular Front and the Karnataka Forum for Dignity (KFD).