National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested Popular Front of India (PFI) terrorist Mohammed Sadiq in Chavara, Kollam District in Kerala. During the raid in the former PFI PRO’s house, NIA seized crucial documents, including details of RSS leaders in the Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram Districts. It is akin to a hit list.
The NIA team, belonging to the Kochi unit, raided the terrorist’s house around 3 am on January 17. They availed the support of the Chavara police, but the State police were informed about the raid at the last moment. It is reported that NIA has not shared the details, information and documents with the Kerala Police.
There is a valid reason for keeping Kerala Police unaware of these sorts of crucial operations. Because NIA is very much aware of the bitter past experiences with them. There are pro-PFI groups within the state police force. One WhatsApp Group is called “Pacha velicham”, meaning ‘green light’. There were reports of it in the media. Media had exposed that NIA had handed over a report to Kerala State Police Chief (KSPC); it says 873 police personnel had close links with the outlawed PFI. Their rank ranged from constables to Sub Inspectors and Station House Officers (SHOs). They had been charged with leaking information about the movements of state police machinery regarding the raids and the whereabouts of RSS workers. Such personnel are working in Special Branches, Intelligence, Law and Order, and various other wings and those involved in the office activities of top police officers, the report said. (But, Kerala Police denied the news of the NIA report to SPC).
In February 2022, PK Anas, a constable at Karimanoor Police Station, Idukki District, was dismissed from the service. Because after a departmental inquiry, it was found that he was leaking the details of RSS workers and leaders to the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), the political arm of the banned PFI. And there were reports that the NIA was investigating the chances of Anas’s involvement in money laundering and terror funding.