Did PFI use Tamil Nadu as certainly one of its saddles?

In August 2006, V.Rathnasabapathy, an Assistant Commissioner of Police within the Intelligence wing of Coimbatore district, in West Tamil Nadu went public together with his allegations {that a} Muslim outfit known as Manitha Neethi Pasarai (Human Justice Discussion board) had terror hyperlinks. Rathnasabapathy was transferred to Ooty because the DSP of the District Crime Department. The switch of the police officer was seen as a bid by the then authorities to appease Manitha Neethi Pasarai (MNP). 

It was only a month earlier than Rathanasabapathy’s allegation, the police had arrested 4 Muslim youths, all linked to the MNP and seized IEDs, detonators, surveillance notes, and maps from them. Police stated the 5 had deliberate to explode the Coimbatore Authorities Hospital, railway station, Collectorate and the district police workplace. Following this, 5 Muslim youths had been arrested and MNP defended one of many accused in its mouthpiece ‘Vidiyal Velli’. It was later leaked to the media that out of the 5 arrested, two had been neo-converts and had their induction into Islam on the MNP-run ‘Arivagam’ in Muthuthevanpatty close to Theni.

Referred to as ‘Arivagam,’ that means data centre, the primary coaching centre sprung up at Muthuthevanpatti in Theni district, Tamil Nadu, within the early 90s. ‘Arivagam’ or the Tamil Nadu Growth Basis Belief (TNDFT), was related to the Manitha Neethi Pasarai (MNP), that means Human Justice Entrance. It was a coaching college like the same old Madarasa. MNP was the then youth wing of the Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK), one of many fashionable Muslim outfits in Tamil Nadu. Apparently, MNP is the mother or father unit of PFI in Tamil Nadu. 

The crackdown in opposition to Arivagam started as early as 1996. The primary camp was in Muthuthevanpatti. The transformed Muslim youth, largely Dalits, had been skilled at Arivagam about Islam and obtained indoctrinated.

The coaching module, which normally would go on for 4 months, was in 4 levels which started with the basics of Islam, militant orientation, recruitment for varied Muslim outfits, and mass mobilisation. Whereas Arivagam was the coaching centre for males, the ladies had been skilled at Darul Hikmah, at Ervadi within the southern district of Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu. Darul Hikmah was sponsored by TNDFT to unfold Islam in additional than 4,000 villages throughout the State. Whereas Arivagam was the Madarassa for males, Darul Hikmah served girls. 

Tamil Nadu has been one of many fertile coaching grounds for Muslim youths since 1996. Whereas the successive AIADMK and DMK governments have busted the coaching centres once in a while, it had emerged in numerous modules to teach the Muslim youth about Islam and its significance. 

Coimbatore had all the time been communally delicate, since 1997, after the homicide of a visitors police constable Selvaraj. The killing of Selvaraj and the arrests, the bomb blasts in 1998 throughout L.Ok.Advani’s go to, apparently led to the expansion of the BJP within the metropolis. Within the Lok Sabha elections in 1999, BJP emerged victorious. In a while, as soon as once more in 2013, Al-Ummah got here to mild with the homicide of Auditor Ramesh, a preferred BJP activist from Salem, who got here from the RSS ranks. This once more sowed seeds for communal rigidity in Coimbatore, however the police took management of the state of affairs. The Kottaimedu area in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu have all the time been checked out as the bottom for Muslim outfits. 

In 2004, when the then Inspector Common of Police Sanjay Arora cracked down on the coaching camps, he stated that there was prima facie proof of MNP operating coaching camps and giving militant orientation to the youths transformed from Hindus to Muslims. The crackdown on the coaching camps started early within the late 90s with the homicide of a Hindu activist known as Murugesan in Uthamapalayam close to Theni. The homicide case delivered to mild the coaching camps within the Theni area. Later, the outfits moved to Mettupalayam, the foothills of Nilgiris, the place related coaching camps sprung up.

Subsequently in 2001, when SIMI was banned, many Muslim youths moved to MNP below Ghulam Mohammed who was a ticket coach in Southern Railway. In 2006, the coaching camps in Mettupalayam close to Coimbatore got here below the police scanner. The police arrested 5 suspected members of the Manitha Neethi Pasarai, and seized IEDs and detonators. That they had deliberate to explode sure authorities institutions in Coimbatore which was busted by police officer Rathnasabapathy. Arrested included one Harun Basha, a frontrunner and two others who go transformed into Islam on the youth wing’s ‘Arivagam’ college in Muthuthevanpatti close to Theni.

Following the crackdown in Coimbatore, coaching colleges sprung up at Periyapattinam close to Ramanathapuram in South Tamil Nadu, one of many thickly Muslim populated districts within the state. In 2010, a van accident within the area led the police to crackdown on the centres. Youth from throughout the nation got here all the way down to Ramanathapuram for coaching and one of many vans they travelled met with an accident. The locals surrounded the van which brought about rigidity and later led to a crackdown on the coaching colleges. The police outpost which was set as much as look into the motion of Muslims within the district was additionally attacked, because the native Jamath determined in opposition to the police monitoring Muslim youth. 

Nevertheless, in 2020, the Tamil Nadu police arrested 35 youths from Periyapattinam for spreading radicalism amongst Muslim youths in non secular coaching camps. They had been stated to be members of the Fashionable Entrance of India (PFI). 

Although there aren’t any designated coaching centres or colleges in Tamil Nadu, the transformed Muslim youths get indoctrinated in momentary centres which come up and vanish in every week’s time, in line with police sources.

Nevertheless, PFI Tamil Nadu state secretary Nagoor Meeran denies saying, “We don’t run any type of coaching camps. We solely do social work. Underneath our PFI’s Wholesome Individuals Wholesome Nation programme we have now been working amongst individuals.” He says that the NIA raids had been focused on the Muslim group as a complete. “We’re preventing it democratically and legally,” he advised The Week.

By the way, the PFI on April 18, filed a grievance with the Chennai police in opposition to the BJP, in opposition to a voice message circulated among the many ruling get together members saying PFI was planning for a terror assault. “This was a mischievous assertion via a voice message from Annamalai. We filed a grievance in opposition to this. It was after this message, our Tamil Nadu Governor R.N.Ravi stated that PFI is harmful,” Nagoor Meeran tells. Tamil Nadu had been used as certainly one of its saddles by PFI and its frontal organisation, after the 1998 bomb blasts in Coimbatore.

A day after the central authorities issued a ban on the Fashionable Entrance of India, the state governments of Tamil Nadu and Kerala declared it illegal. A notification was issued by the Tamil Nadu authorities, calling PFI and its associates or its associates or fronts an “illegal affiliation.” 

What does the ban imply in Tamil Nadu?

Based on extremely positioned sources, the banning of the PFI below UAPA might not wipe out the organisation in India. However it could assist the investigating companies, probe PFI or its allied teams and their alleged terror hyperlinks. It might be recalled that a number of years in the past, the College students Islamic Motion of India (SIMI), after the ban within the early 2000s morphed into Indian Mujahideen and PFI. Maybe, sources say that banning PFI may put an finish to the organisation and its actions however not the ideologies it was related to and that it could remodel into a number of different teams or outfits.

The truth is, the crackdown on PFI and its frontal organisation, in line with sources, was a lot anticipated because the Union Residence Ministry, after the anti-CAA protests in 2020, had experiences on the funding for PFI from international locations like UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman.

The ban criminalises the outfit and subsequently will instantly result in forfeiture of its property and freeze its property. Its frontal outfits just like the Rehab Basis, the Indian Social Discussion board, and the Indian Fraternity Discussion board won’t get house to function in India. Additionally, the PFI workplace at Muraba, in Al Ain, Dubai, which is claimed to be lively in spreading Islamic fundamentalism and elevating funds to be despatched to India may come below the scanner. Sources say that lots of the PFI leaders go to these international locations from the place funds are raised and facilitate jobs for Indian Muslims, solely to increase the bottom of the organisation.

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