BAN ON POPULAR FRONT OF INDIA IN JHARKHAND : STATEMENT ISSUED BY CENTRAL SECRETARIAT

February 21, 2018 - 17:19 -- Sub Editor

It is reported Jharkhand Government has banned Popular Front of India (PFI), in the state under section 16 of the CLA Act, 1908. As the reason for the ban, the Chief Minister of the state has alleged that members of PFI are influenced by the now defunct ISIS. Surprisingly the state government has quoted some unverifiable reports about people who have allegedly gone to Syria.
The decision to ban Popular Front of India is highly prejudiced and a clear expression of political vendetta of the Hindutwa regime known for using draconian laws to curb the struggle of the marginalized sections of people in the state and it is a clear violation of the fundamental rights protected by the constitution.
Popular Front of India has been working in some parts of Jharkhand since 2015. Unfortunately the Front has been witnessing highly prejudiced response from the govt officials. We think that the reason for this is the active involvement of our members in legal struggles to bring to trial culprits involved in several cases of lynching for which the state has become notorious.
It has to be noted that the declaration of a ban on Popular Front coincides with the day of the deposition by the witnesses in the trial court in the Saraikala lynching case in which four innocent people were killed last year. Also there is an ongoing case against the S P of Pakur District who foisted false cases against our members for protesting against the hate speech of a local BJP leader Hisabi Roy.
We hereby categorically make it clear that the allegations levelled against Popular Front of India are totally baseless and there is not even a single reason to proscribe the organization. We hope to overcome this action by democratic means and through legal recourse.

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