NIA raids homes of PFI activists in TS, AP over suspected terror links

In Nizamabad district, raids are underway at Madina Colony in Nirmal District and Bhainsa and Care Medical in Tower Circle in Jagtial. NIA served notices to one person, Shahid, and directed him to come to NIA, Hyderabad office for interrogation. In Nellore, the Agency is conducting raids at the house of Ilyas and his friends.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  18 Sep 2022 7:01 AM GMT
NIA raids homes of PFI activists in TS, AP over suspected terror links

Hyderabad: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) raided the homes of several Popular Front of India (PFI) activists in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on Saturday night over suspected terror links.

On Sunday, twenty-three NIA teams conducted raids in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Searches were conducted at 38 locations in Telangana (23 in Nizamabad, 4 in Hyderabad, 7 in Jagityal, 2 in Nirmal, 1 each in Adilabad and Karimnagar districts) and at 2 locations in Andhra Pradesh (1 each in Kurnool and Nellore Districts) in the case relating to Abdul Khader of Nizamabad District, Telangana and 26 other persons.

In Nizamabad district, raids are underway at Madina Colony in Nirmal District and Bhainsa and Care Medical in Tower Circle in Jagtial. NIA served notices to one person, Shahid, and directed him to come to NIA, Hyderabad office for interrogation. In Nellore, the Agency is conducting raids at the house of Ilyas and his friends.

While the teams visited the areas, the locals and relatives of Ilyas tried to stop them, and protested shouting 'NIA Go Back'.


During the searches conducted by NIA today, incriminating materials, including digital devices, documents, two daggers, cash Rs.8,31,500/- etc. have been seized. Four persons have been detained for questioning.

Earlier, the Hyderabad unit of NIA had registered a case against the Popular Front of India (PFI) district convenor Sheikh Sahadulla, Abdul Kader, Md Imran and Md.Abdul Mobin and arrested them. Cases were booked against them for allegedly conspiring to wage a war against the Central government, recruiting members, and organising camps to train members to commit terror acts. They were conducting activities in the name of karate training and legal awareness activities. The NIA found that they were training groups to create communal strife.

Further investigations in the case are in progress.

It is learned that the NIA is also probing their connection to the Bhainsa riots. On 7 March, tension erupted when a petty fight between two groups turned into a communal face-off in Bhainsa town in north Telangana. About 40 people have been arrested. Twelve people, including three policemen, were injured in the fight. Mobs torched 13 shops, four houses, six four-wheelers, four auto rickshaws, and five two-wheelers.

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