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Ban on PFI correct if Naxalites are supporting the outfit, says Devendra Fadnavis

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday said that Naxalites reportedly coming out in support of the Popular Front of India means the Centre was right in banning the outfit.

Fadnavis was responding to a question on an letter allegedly written by Naxalites in support of the PFI. The outfit was banned for five years recently after a multi-agency raids nationwide led by the National Investigation Agency led to arrests of over 100 PFI activists, including 20 from Maharashtra.

“It (Maoist support) means the decision by the Union government to ban the PFI was correct. If Naxalites are supporting the PFI, it also means PFI members were supporting Naxalites. The PFI was working against the system (government and administrative machinery) and the public. Hence, it was banned,” he said.

On a question of a possible terror threat in Maharashtra against the backdrop of arrest of three alleged terrorists in Telangana, the deputy CM said the state home department was looking at all aspects.

“Dussehra and Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Din are important events in Maharashtra and we our keeping in mind the possibility of PFI supporters creating trouble indirectly. There is no cause for worry. We are fully alert,” he said.

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