Members and supporters of Popular Front of India across the country celebrated February 17 as Popular Front Day. The day marks the 12th anniversary of the formation of the movement. The celebrations started early morning at unit level, with the unit members hoisting the tri-colour flag of the organization and distributing sweets. Wide varieties of programmes followed with the slogan "Defeat the politics of hate", including volunteer parades, people's marches, public meetings, seminars and blood donation camps.
In the wake of news coming from some parts of the country about the mounting attacks on Kashmiri students and traders, Popular Front of India chairman E Abubacker has urged the central and state governments to protect their lives and properties. He has demanded stringent actions against the perpetuators of violence. It is sectarian and hysteric to hold the people in Kashmir and Kashmiris studying and working elsewhere responsible for the act of a suicide bomber. Any sustainable solution to the crisis prevailing in Kashmir is possible only by taking the Kashmir people into confidence.
Popular Front of India chairman E Abubacker has expressed shock over the terror incident in Kashmir on Srinagar-Jammu highway in which at least 37 CRPF personnel lost their lives. He conveyed deep condolences to the bereaved families. He said: "We have lost our brave soldiers in this attack which is strongly condemnable."
Maulana Muhammad Wali Rahmani, who is a leading Islamic scholar and head of Imarat-e- Shariah Bihar, Jharkhand & Odisha in a statement issued here today expressed his disapproval of the state ban put on Popular Front of India in Jharkhand.
From the news carried by a section of media, we came to know that as per a notice issued by the State Home Department today, Jharkhand Government has banned Popular Front of India in the State. We strongly condemn this undemocratic decision of the Jharkhand Government, which has imposed the ban on Popular Front for the second time. The allegations as quoted in the Home Department notice are baseless, completely unreliable and misleading. Popular Front will not be cowed down by such repressive measures and we will fight this injustice through legal and democratic means.