NIA arrests 100 PFI leaders, tall Muslim figures among booked under UAPA (Maktoob Media)

Erappungal Abubacker ( top left), Professor P Koya (top right) OMA Salam ( bottom left) and EM Abdul Rahiman (bottom right)

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) Thursday arrested at least 100 leaders of Popular Front of India and eminent Muslim figures as part of the searches conducted at the PFI’s offices and houses of state and district level leaders across 11 states.

According to news agency PTI, the NIA officials termed the searches “largest-ever investigation process till date”.

Arrests were made from Andhra Pradesh (5), Assam (9), Delhi (3), Karnataka (20), Kerala (25), Madhya Pradesh (4), Maharashtra (20), Puducherry (3), Rajasthan (2), Tamil Nadu (10) and Uttar Pradesh (8).

PFI national chairman OMA Salam, vice chairman E.M Abdul Rahiman, national secretary Nasarudheen Elamaram and Kerala unit president CP Muhammad Basheer were taken into custody from several parts of Kerala.

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