New Delhi ll 18 September 2022
Popular Front condemns NIA harassment of members and supporters in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh
In a statement issued today Popular Front of India national secretary, VP Nasarudheen Elamaram has condemned the raids by NIA and the unjust arrest and the harassment of the martial arts master, and the witch-hunting against the members, and supporters of the organization in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
“The National Investigation Agency claims that it conducted raids on September 17, 2022, at centres of Popular Front and seized incriminating materials. These raids are part of the ongoing harassment against the members of the organisation in the states. In July Telangana Police summoned the martial arts master Abdul Khader under the pretext of questioning. Later, he and two other innocents were arrested in a false case.
Recently, as per the malevolent design and under the directives of MHA, the NIA took over and turned it into a terror case. Abdul Khader was a martial arts trainer by profession for decades and has been conducting martial arts training for his students from across the state. He was targeted because he belonged to the Muslim community. The transfer of investigation to the NIA is nothing but the political game of MHA for the upcoming State Assembly elections in Telangana to appease the majoritarian vote bank and this whole episode underpins the agenda of communal polarization.” the statement said.
“NIA is using this false case to target innocent members of the organization from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The agency is following the same modus operandi of fabricating false cases and implicating innocents and building a terror narrative, as it tried in Bihar to satisfy its political masters,” said the national secretary of Popular Front.
“NIA’s press release after the raid drama is nothing but the rehash of its usual allegations. The truth is, in Bihar or Telangana, there wasn’t even a minor incident of crime that warranted arrests or federal investigation. The NIA’s baseless claims and sensationalism are solely aimed at creating an atmosphere of terror. People are starting to realise this,” VP Nasarudheen said.
“This is a vicious abuse of power to suppress minority rights movements. Popular Front is not an organization that will bend or compromise its principles in the apprehension of these scare tactics.
Our voice for justice will continue. The organization will expose the truth before the people of the country,” he said.
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Popular Front Headquarters, New Delhi