After the shocking revelation of six youths from Popular Front of India (PFI) joining the dreaded ISIS, the clamour for banning the controversial Muslim organisation grows louder. In fact, the PFI has spread its tentacles in Karnataka too and the BJP has been demanding the Congress government to ban the organisations but in vain.
The murder of RSS worker Rudresh on October 16, 2016, had brought the role of PFI in to light. Rudresh was hacked to death in broad daylight. The police arrested Asim Sharif, PFI city unit president, Irfan Pasha, Wasim Ahmed alias Wasim, Mohammed Saadiq alias Mohammed Mazar and Mohammed Mujeeb in connection with the Rudresh's murder.
The National Investigation Agency in its 750-page chargesheet submitted to the court said that the accused did not like the growing popularity of Rudresh even in Muslim-dominated Shivajinagar constituency. They were also angry over him as Rudresh was luring people from Muslim community to BJP, notes the NIA chargesheet. It was reported that Asim had provoked the other accused to perpetrate the crime showing them the footages of Muzzafar Nagar communal riots.
In fact, the BJP has been vociferously demanding the Congress government to ban the organisation. BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje had blamed PFI and Karnataka Forum for Dignity for murders of Rudresh, VHP activist Kuttappa (in Madikeri) and Prashanth Poojary. She had in fact written a letter to the Centre blaming the organsiations of turning Dakshina Kannada district into an experimental laboratory for their communal and jihadi ideologies.
Besides, the Congress government has been accused by the BJP of dropping 175 cases against PFI activists in the State. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has been claiming that there has been no proof of PFI members' role in violence.
However, minister Dinesh Gundu Rao has now tweeted that religious fundamental organisations like PFI are a threat to India's security and the government should ban them.
Religious Fundamental org’s like PFI are a threat to India’s security & secular fabric. Strict action needs 2 be taken. GoI should ban them. https://t.co/tAnumoqoW0— Dinesh Gundu Rao (@dineshgrao) November 2, 2017
Will CM Siddaramaih consider banning the PFI in the interest of national security or continue to demand proof against the organisation is to be seen.