PFI spreading its tentacles in UP

Communal thread

According to the UP intelligence officials, the PFI’s presence has been noticed in about a dozen districts in the eastern and western regions of the state and the police had been alerted about it. The intelligence sleuths have warned that the PFI activists could try to foment communal tension in the state.

The warnings came after the recovery of a large number of “objectionable” posters from UP’s Barabanki and Muzaffarnagar districts a few days ago. The posters contained an appeal to the Muslims to fight the “forces” which were behind the blasts at Mecca Masjid, Ajmer and Malegaon.

The posters, carrying the name of PFI, were pasted by some youths who were outsiders, the police said quoting eyewitnesses. They also had pictures of the Malegaon blasts and had called for holding meetings and protest demonstrations. The police have registered a case and were trying to trace the unidentified youths.“Significantly, many of the the districts chosen by the PFI for carrying out its nefarious designs were already identified as communally sensitive and have witnessed communal clashes in the past,” sources said.

The officials are particularly perturbed over the radical organisation’s activities in the Azamgarh district, which has, of late, emerged as a new terrorist hub in the country. Ahmedabad 2008 serial blasts  mastermind Mufti Abul Bashir Islahi is from Azamgarh. Some of the youths killed in the Delhi’s Batla House encounter were also residents of Azamgarh. “The PFI could make attempt to recruit youths from the district to carry out their designs,” the officials said. The matter also figured during the recent senior level meeting of the top police and home department officials to review the law and order situation in the state, sources said.
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