Karnataka Congress decides to drop 175 cases filed against Popular Front of India(PFI) a Muslim organization

The Karnataka cabinet on Monday decided to drop cases against activists of pro-Muslim organisations Popular Front of India (PFI) and Karnataka Forum for Dignity (KFD), who were booked for rioting in different parts of the state in recent years.

Karnataka Congress led Government decided to withdraw criminal cases against 1,600 Popular Front of India members. Opposition BJP came down heavily on the government for the decision. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is being accused  of strengthening the Congress vote bank at the expense of security. 

“It is unfortunate that the CM has disregarded the recommendation of police officers on withdrawal of over 175 cases registered against PFI and KFD activists. The police had specifically submitted a report to the state cabinet that they are dangerous organisations who indulge in violent, anti-social activities.The withdrawal of cases would result in a spurt of moral policing and communal activities but the government’s ‘secular policy’ has chosen to ignore the concerns over these organizations,” BJP spokesperson said.

The BJP said that the Chief Minister had forgotten acts of violence involving KFD and PFI activists in Hassan, Shivamogga and Mysuru. “It is a well known fact that these organisations are seeded by the ISI and Taliban,” he added, asking government to reconsider its decision.

The Opposition in Karnataka tried to corner the state government on Wednesday over its decision to drop dozens of criminal cases against members of a controversial rightwing Muslim group, as parties accused the ruling Congress of “minority appeasement”.

Most of the 1,600 beneficiaries of the government move are members of the Popular Front of India (PFI) that gained national notoriety five years ago when its alleged activists chopped off a professor’s hand in Kerala for blasphemy.

The PFI was born in 2006 through the merger of three Muslim organisations from Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka, and reportedly has about 80,000 members and sympathisers across India.

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