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ED investigates role of PFI and NGO in funding protests against Article 370

Jammu & Kashmir police detain a member of Youth Congress during a protest against Parliaments approval of scrapping Article 370 of the Constitution and passing a bill that split the state into two Union Territories, in Jammu on Saturday

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is considering the role of the Kerala-based Popular Front of India (PFI) and the Rehab India Foundation (RIF) in funding the protests against the abolition of the provisions of Article 370.

Senior members of both organizations were previously questioned about the Rs120 crore used for protests against the National Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). While PFI is an Islamic outfit, RIF is a non-profit organization.

However, the ED’s inquiry has raised suspicion that the government has abolished the special status of the Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) for several protests within 70 days.

ED sources said protests on the Jammu & K issue were being staged, particularly in Delhi-NCR and parts of Uttar Pradesh. Officials are trying to ensure the amount of funds raised to provoke the protesters.

The probe agency calls on more people connected with the two organizations to find out the source of funding and whether there is any support from anti-social elements. An earlier investigation showed that the cash given to a demonstrator in the height of the move against the J&K move was in the range of Rs 2,000-10,000.

On Wednesday, PFI state President Mohammed Parvez Ahmed and RFI Shahid Abubakar were in Delhi to attend the event.

The Delhi Police and the Delhi Police team are working with the central agency to identify the suspects who have withdrawn Rs.1.04 crore cash from 15 bank accounts of PFI and RFI from December 4 to January 6. Sources said that 80-90 withdrawals were made from some bank accounts in a day.

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Written by trendoversy

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