NIA’s Operation Octopus: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had conducted raids at many places, taking major action against PFI across the country. Sources have learned that the operation on PFI has been named ‘Operation Octopus’. In this case, there have been many big revelations about the PFI.
On September 22, under ‘Operation Octopus’, a joint team of NIA, ED and state police conducted raids in 11 states. During the raids on a total of 96 locations, more than 106 PFI members were arrested. Those arrested include PFI Chairman OMA Salam, Vice Chairman EM Abdul Rahim, National Secretary Nazruddin Elamaram, Kerala State Chief CP Muhammad Bashir, National Council member Professor P Koya and SDPI Founding President Abu Bakr.
Many big revelations in Operation Octopus
During this operation, it has also been revealed that in the last few years, more than Rs 120 crore has been deposited in the accounts of PFI and its affiliated organizations. Much of this was deposited in cash which was from unknown and dubious sources. Cash was deposited from abroad also. Illegal activities are being carried out with this fund.
What came out in the investigation
- After the raid of ED, PFI member Mohammad Ahmed Baig has been arrested by UP ATS from Lucknow.
- The ED investigation has revealed that the PFI collected funds abroad and sent them illegally to India, so that it could escape the law related to foreign funding.
- The members of PFI were coming from other states and working to connect a large number of people in Madhya Pradesh. The members of PFI operating in the state were instigating people for anti-national activities by confusing them.
- A laptop, three mobile phones, a diary, bank passbook etc. have been recovered from Waseem Ahmed, who was arrested from Lucknow. A lot of information has been taken from the laptop.
Let us tell you that for the last three decades, Budha Pahar, the stronghold of Naxalites on the border of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, was also named ‘Operation Octopus’ to completely free it from the Naxalites. In this operation, 106 different types of landmines and a huge amount of explosives were seized.
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