Permission denied to PFI unity march, TN Police Madras HC reports
Director General of Police (DGP), Tamil Nadu, C. Sylendra Babu, informed the Madras High Court on Wednesday that permission has been denied for the planned ‘unity march’ by the Popular Front of India (PFI) in Kancheepuram , Salem. , Ramanathapuram, Pudukottai and Tenkasi between March 10 and 13.
Judge Jagdish Chandra of the Madras High Court registered the filing and closed as unsuccessful a petition filed by lawyer Y. Shoukath Ali Mohammed of Chennai.
The petitioner had requested instructions from the DGP to prevent the PFI cadres from withdrawing from the march, considering that it could disturb community peace and harmony in the state.
In his petition, the lawyer Mohammed said that he was an adviser to the Islamic Sufi Board which, according to him, was a front against jihadist terrorism. He also accused the PFI of having links to the Turkish jihadi group IHH.
He claimed that E. Aboobacker and P. Koya, two frontline PFI leaders, were housed privately by the IHH, whose name in Turkish means ‘Foundation for Human Rights and Freedom and Humanitarian Aid’. The petitioner also claimed that it was a charity linked to Al-Qaeda.
The whistleblower also alleged that the PFI was linked to the 2011 Mumbai explosions, the 2012 Pune bombings and the 2013 Hyderabad attack.
He said the organization shared its ideology with the Muslim Brotherhood, an international terrorist organization based in Egypt, Syria and Saudi Arabia.
The petitioner’s lawyer drew the attention of the court and said that the PFI could pull out the march despite the denial of permission by the police. To this, the judge said that the law will have to take its own course if such a situation arises.
The judge said police would naturally take appropriate action if there was any challenge.