The NIA stated this in its latest chargesheet against 12 members of the National Executive Council of the now-banned PFI. With this, the agency said it had named 105 leaders and activists of the organisation in its five chargesheets.
During investigations, more than 60 Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts of PFI and the accused people were identified, and an analysis revealed several inflammatory and communal speeches which were made by the PFI cadres on their social media handles, the charge sheet said.
It was observed that the organisation’s chairman, OMA Salam, “has been exhorting the Muslims not to forget the Babri Masjid issue, and claiming that Muslims did not get justice even from the Hon’ble Supreme Court, and he further called upon the Muslims to keep fighting. This was intended to provoke the religious sentiments of the Muslims on an issue which has been judicially settled by the apex court of the country,” stated the charge sheet, seen by ET.
The agency said it recorded a voluntary statement given by one of the accused before a judicial magistrate. This person stated that “social-welfare activities are used by the PFI as a facade to mask its nefarious, anti-national & unlawful and violent terrorist activities to gain support of masses and portray itself as a saviour of the Muslims and portray the entire government machinery as anti-Muslim”, the chargesheet said. “The real objective of PFI is to overthrow the democratically elected government and replace it with a Shariat-based social order for converting India into an Islamic nation by engaging in acts of selective violence and systematic elimination of leaders and all those who oppose the PFI’s ideology of Islamic extremism, including Christians and liberal Muslims,” it said, citing the recorded statement.
The NIA has frozen 37 bank accounts of the PFI and another 40 accounts belonging to 19 people associated with it, virtually squeezing the organisation’s funding activities. The crackdown on these bank accounts took place across India, including Guwahati, Sundipur (West Bengal), Imphal, Kozhikode (Kerala), Chennai, New Delhi, Jaipur, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kurnool (Andhra Pradesh).
The PFI, banned by the Ministry of Home Affairs in September 2022, was raising or collecting funds from within India and abroad for unleashing violent and terrorist acts in various parts of India, including Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Bihar, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, the chargesheet stated.