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Assam: Two More PFI Members Arrested From Karimganj and Guwahati

The Special Cell of Assam Police on Thursday night arrested two more PFI members, taking the total number to 12.

Assam: Two More PFI Members Arrested From Karimganj and Guwahati

Sentinel Digital Desk

GUWAHATI: The Assam Police's special cell on Thursday night arrested two more Popular Front of India (PFI) members, in addition to the ten members detained earlier in Assam.

One of the PFI members has been arrested from Karimganj and the other from the outskirts of Guwahati.

The arrested persons are now being interrogated at the Special Operations Unit (SOU) police station in Kahilipara, Guwahati.

The two accused will be produced in the court today.

After the arrests of these last two members, the total PFI members arrested have now risen to 12.

The ten PFI members arrested earlier on Thursday have been sent to judicial custody. Out of the 10 arrested, nine were identified as PFI cadres, while the remaining one had links with the PFI, reports said.

The police produced them before the court and asked for 14 day judicial custody. However, the court remanded them for five days in police custody.

The special cell of Assam Police seized mobile phones and some documents from the members, which were produced in court.

A case, no. 02/2022 has been registered against them under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 120(B)/124(A)/153(A)/353.

Section 120(B) of the IPC relates to Punishment of Criminal Conspiracy- whoever is a party to a criminal conspiracy to commit an offence shall be punishable with death, imprisonment for life or rigorous imprisonment for a term of two years or upwards. Where no express provision is made in this Code for the punishment of such a conspiracy, be punished in the same manner as if he had abetted such offence.

Section 153A of the IPC is concerned with- Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony. Those convicted of such a crime can be punished with imprisonment which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.

On the other hand, Section 353 tells us that, anyone who assaults or uses criminal force against a public servant in the performance of his or her duties as a public servant, or with the intent to prevent or deter that person from performing his or her duties as a public servant, or as a result of something done or attempted to be done by these people in the lawful discharge of his or her duties as a public servant, shall be punished.

It needs to be mentioned here that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) carried out major raids against the Popular Front of India (PFI) across the country on Thursday and arrested over 100 members and people associated with the proscribed organization.

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