Recently Three men were found having alleged links to the Popular Front of India (PFI), among three one is a retired Jharkhand Police sub-inspector. He have been arrested for being part of a “potential terror module” that found to target those who make adverse and objectionable comments against Islam, police said on Thursday.

On the controversy, Patna Senior Superintendent of Police, Manavjit Singh Dhillon said the accused were found holding  meetings and imparted physical training, just like RSS shakhas have physical training and imparting training in welding lathes. The BJP had objection against  his remarks, sought disciplinary action against the SSP.

The three  accused are identified as Athar Parvez,  a former member of the now banned Students’ Islamic Movement of India, Mohammed Jalaluddin, a retired sub-inspector of the Jharkhand Police, and Arman Malik were arrested from Phulwari Sharif area of Patna on Wednesday.

On Tuesday evening, the police filed an FIR against 26 people for allegedly being a part of a “potential terror module.” Under IPC Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 121 and 121A (waging war against state), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration). The trio and all the residents of Patna, were arrested the next day.

Patna SSP Manavjit Singh Dhillon told reporters, “They had been holding meetings at mosques and madrasas and working towards what is called radicalisation. Just as RSS shakhas are held for physical training and imparting training in welding lathes, they have been giving physical training to their people. Besides Bihar, some of the named members are from Karnataka also.”

Mohamed Shakif, PFI national secretary said, “allegations are devoid of any substance. Police have tried to create an imaginary story of a ‘terror plot’ by planting fake documents. There seems to be a common trend in different states to target the PFI through a uniform modus operandi, which indicates that it is part of a political decision against the organisation coming from a single table. The PFI would like to make it clear that these evil designs to instil fear in the minds of people by demonising the PFI… will not have any effect on the organisation’s democratic struggle for constitutional rights and social justice.” 

Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson Nikhil Anand accused Patna SSP Manavjit Singh Dhillon for comparing with the RSS’s shakhas. Nikhil Anand said, “It is not a slip of the tongue by the Patna SSP, but a statement given with confidence… with full authority. He deliberately gave the statement to show his political affinity and keep his masters in good humour. The chief minister and Bihar DGP must initiate disciplinary action against him.”

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