The names, the faces have changed, but the violence of the terrorists is the same
The network of PFI, the new avatar of the previously banned SIMI, is spread across 22 states to date.
New Delhi: The forms of terrorist violence keep changing like demonic faces. Courts protecting the law against serious offenses and severe penalties for terrorist activities demand sufficient evidence when it comes to a case of a terrorist or his secret aides. It is not easy for the police or intelligence agencies to collect evidence of a conspiracy secretly aided by domestic or foreign terrorist organizations or foreign forces. A few months ago, after alleged Kerala journalist Siddiqui Kappan’s allegations of aiding terrorism came to light, Supreme Court Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justice Surya Kant asked the Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta if the People’s Front of India (PFI) is banned. Mehta replied that “this organization is banned in some states because it is associated with violence, murders, kidnappings and foreign terrorist organizations“. The central government is considering a ban.
There have been many cases like Kappan. It is a fact that PFI’s network is spread across 22 states so far. The Kerala government had also banned it. The Karnataka government recently told the court it was considering imposing a ban. Thus, the affiliated organizations National Women’s Front and Campus Front of India are also active throughout the country. PFI is the new avatar of the previously banned SIMI (Students Islamic Movement of India). He was charged with serious charges of murder, weapons training, kidnapping, funding militant anti-Indian movements and links to terrorist organizations such as the Taliban and al-Qaeda. The security agencies have also provided ample evidence to the government. Therefore, when the Jahangirpuri communal violence incident has come to the fore in the past, it is natural to be concerned about some evidence that the alleged accused was linked to PFI. The activities of this organization now extend from the southern states of India to the north.
SIMI was formed in 1977 by Jamat-e-Islami Hind. Taking advantage of the democratic system and the cooperation of some political parties and leaders, its web spread and violent attacks continued. Then in 2001, the process of banning SIMI began. The five-year ban kept increasing each time. This is why the PFI was created. Some organizations in Kashmir taking help from Maoist Naxals or Pakistan have established organizations with new names in the same way. Such abuse of the right to law and democracy will probably not be seen in any country in the world. There are anti-Indian terrorist organizations active in countries like Britain, America, Canada, but instead of taking the risk of spreading violence in these countries, they continue to send people to India through funding or other means such as sending weapons, drugs, etc. They defame India by raising the flag of human rights or continue to get help from Islamic countries in the name of religion.
There is no doubt that the Indian subcontinent has been a geographic target for Maoists and Islamic fundamentalist groups. These elements have no faith in the native land or in any national border. This is why instead of curbing terrorist activities, Communist China indirectly supports organizations such as the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
After the Marxist communists in India, the declared Maoist organizations created conditions of destruction through violent activities in the tribal areas. In the name of civil and human rights, these extremists have obtained help from a cross section of politicians, lawyers, doctors, journalists, NGOs and social workers, sometimes openly and sometimes covertly. After coming to power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigned for tough action against these activities and organizations. As investigative agencies and police take action in different states, there is a long chain of court testimony. It is not taken into account how can there be eyewitness accounts of money and weapons collected through remote forests or pseudo-corporate-organizations or paper evidence available in the digital age? Yes, necessary rules and regulations should be changed or newly made to punish the accused arrested in violent incident in Delhi, Mumbai or other regions with limited duration. Leaders of political parties, who come to power in states, create more problems. They indirectly protect those accused of violent terrorist activities by using legislative discretion. This should be stopped.
The most interesting situation is in West Bengal. Ten to fifteen years ago, Mamata Banerjee publicly accused the communist government of “Jungle Raj”. Now, not only the Bharatiya Janata party but also the communist parties are making serious allegations of harboring criminals for hundreds of murders and political attacks during Banerjee’s rule. Marxist Communists are continuously in power in Kerala and there are instances of foreign aid to radical organizations and there is no police action on the killings of BJP workers or Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Jammu and Kashmir remains a sensitive area. But in states like Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab, it is imperative to curb organizations and individuals associated with violence and terror.
The writer is executive director of ITV Network-India News and Aaj Samaj Dainik.