The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has conducted raids on Popular Front of India (PFI) centers in the stat, based on suspicions of money laundering and alleged connections to terrorist activities. The raids were carried out following a case registered in Delhi related to the PFI.
ED officials raided Latif Pokakillam’s house in Munakkadavil, Chavakkadu in Thrissur. Latif was the state leader of the Popular Front. The NIA (National Investigation Agency) had previously registered cases in various places regarding the ban on the Popular Front and received information suggesting that PFI leaders were receiving money from abroad and attempting to launder it. The ED’s investigation is focused on tracing the flow of hawala money, which is believed to have been used for terrorist activities.
ED is conducting these raids in 12 different locations across Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram, and Wayanad districts in Kerala. One of the ongoing raids is taking place at the house of a PFI leader named Muhammad Samad in Mananthavadi, Wayanad. The investigation primarily revolves around financial transactions associated with the Popular Front. The NIA had previously conducted raids at Latif’s house, and the ED had also taken statements from several individuals who were arrested by the NIA in connection with this case.