Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi has batted for a ban on PFI. “Its (PFI’s) whole aim is to destabilize the country…They are the ones, who have been sending their fighters to Afghanistan, to Iran & Syria,” said the Governor,
After releasing a book on counter-terrorism in Chennai, governor Ravi launched a scathing attack on the Popular Front of India (PFI). During his speech, he described the PFI as a ‘threat to India’, and the radical group had 16 fronts to camouflage its actual activities. The Governor then went on to list the various ‘masks’ of the group one by one, starting from the rehabilitation & human rights groups to a political party.
RN Ravi said “But essentially, its whole aim is to destabilize the country… from within. They are the ones who have been sending their fighters to Afghanistan, to Iran & Syria, they were all PFI people”. He said that the extremist Islamic group is getting support from some political parties for their own politically –vested interests. “This is a threat that we need to be very very careful about. The country is capable of dealing with them” he said.
TN governor warned, “If they try to distract the attention of the government from the target, they are mistaken, they will be disappointed. The Indian Security Forces are capable of dealing with them.”
Reacting to the Governor’s remark, PFI state president Mohammed Sheikh Ansari called his allegations “baseless.”. In the press conference, the PFI highlighted that the Tamil Nadu Governor was serving the same post in Nagaland earlier, and everyone knew ‘how he was’. There were several allegations against him, the group claimed. It accused him of implementing the RSS and BJP agenda.