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UP Government’s Major Crackdown on PFI, 108 Members Arrested in Last Four Days

The UP government has accused the PFI of instigating violence during the anti-CAA protests across the state last month. After these arrests, the total number of PFI workers arrested in the state in connection with the violence has reached 133.

Published: February 3, 2020 12:20 PM IST

By News Desk | Edited by Karan Manral

UP Government's Major Crackdown on PFI, 108 Members Arrested in Last Four Days
Violence at Lucknow's Parivartan Chowk on December 19.

New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday announced that it had arrested 108 members of the group Popular Front of India (PFI) in the last four days in connection with the violent anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests across the state last month, taking the total number of PFI workers arrested since last month to 133.

Violent anti-CAA protests had taken place across the state between December 19-21, including at several places in state capital Lucknow on December 19.

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Addressing a press conference, UP Additional Chief Secretary Awanish K Awasthi said, “108 people have been arrested in the last four days, these are in addition to the 25 who were arrested earlier.”

“More information is being gathered about the organisation, including information of their financial transactions. We are also taking assistance from central agencies, our target is to identify them and take action,” he added.

Last month, several top members of the PFI, including its state unit chief Waseem Ahmad, were arrested by the police for its role in violence across the state, especially in Lucknow. Then-Director General of Police (DGP) OP Singh had written to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), seeking a ban on the group.

The violent protests triggered a crackdown by the police during which it was accused of severe excesses with over 20 people, including those who did not take part in any of the protests, were killed. The Allahabad High Court recently asked the state government for a report on the police action.

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