The Popular Front of India (PFI), an organization which strives for the empowerment of Muslims and other marginalized sections in India, has issued a statement condemning the vilification of PFI and said that new rounds of allegation against Popular Front are nothing but an attempt by the Uttar Pradesh government to divert the attention away from its failure to handle the Hathras rape case.
On Monday, two leaders of Campus Front of India (CFI), a student wing of Popular Front of India along with a Kerala journalist and a car driver were arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police in Mathura while on their way to Hathras and have been booked under provisions of the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and sedition.
“These arrests prove that in UP even intending to meet the family of the victims is a crime,” the organisation said in an official statment.
The four arrested are Atikur Rahman, National Treasurer of CFI, Masood Ahmed, CFI Delhi General Secretary, Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan and Alam who was the vehicle driver in which they were travelling to Hathras.
Read the unedited and full text of the statement:
The new rounds of allegation against Popular Front are nothing but an attempt by the Uttar Pradesh government to divert the attention away from its failure to handle the Hathras rape case. UP under Yogi has become a jungle raj where law and order are completely collapsed. Earlier it was the minorities who felt unsafe in UP but now the Dalits and women are also unsafe in the state.
The attempt to link Popular Front by alleging a conspiracy to incite caste or communal violence is completely baseless and ridiculous. Sensational news was created by arresting four people who were on the way to meet the victim’s family. Of the four arrested, two were leaders of a student’s organization Campus Front of India and another person Siddique Kappan is a journalist and secretary of the Kerala Union of Working Journalist Delhi Unit. The journalist body has also condemned his illegal arrest and moved to the Supreme Court against the illegal arrest. These arrests prove that in UP even intending to meet the family of the victims is a crime.
After the arrests, new stories are being ranged from foreign funding of crores of rupees and an international conspiracy to defame the Yogi government. It should be remembered that during the anti-CAA protest the same UP police had alleged that Popular Front’s UP state ad hoc committee members are the mastermind of the violence but failed miserably in the court and everyone were released on bail. Even the allegation of Popular Front involvement in the Delhi riots turned out to be an embarrassment for the Delhi Police when the two state leaders arrested by the Delhi police of fake charges were released by the court within one day. As of now no one related to Popular Front is under arrest in Delhi or in UP related to the violence which itself is proof that the entire allegations were fabricated. Even the much-hyped NIA and ED findings turned out to be pieces of unnamed papers that did not have any credibility. Time and again the agencies controlled by the BJP government have tried to defame Popular Front but everything turned out to be just diversion tactics. The current round of allegations are a product of machinery led by the central government to save the face of the UP government. As the previous outcome, we are sure that these new ridiculous and imaginary allegations will also fall on its face when the police will be asked to provide evidence. Unfortunately, the media which is sensationalizing the allegations goes into silent mode when the allegations turn out to be fake. We hope the media will show a different response when the UP police fails to prove its claims.