The ban imposed by Kerala Government on conducting ‘Freedom Parades’ by Popular Front of India activists in Kollam and Kozhikode on August 15 has been upheld by the Kerala High Court. The ban was upheld by a bench comprising of Justice PR Ramachandran Nair, who said that the ban was completely legal. The directive was issued following a string of petitions filed by PFI that sought permission in conducting the parade on Independence Day.
Meanwhile Mangalore today witnessed a massive protest by Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishat along with students of several colleges demanding a ban on organizations like Popular Front of India, Karnataka Forum for Dignity and Christian Freedom International. They voiced out that the organizations were instrumental in fostering hatred in the state with their communal and fundamentalist agendas. The protesters took a procession from Ambedkar Circle at Balmatta to the office of the Deputy Commissioner, where they staged their protest.
Addressing the gathering, ABVP state secretary Ramesh K said that organizations like PFI, KFD and CFI are implementing their agendas through colleges. “They are root cause for drug mafia, ‘love jihad’ and other problems plaguing the college campuses in the state,” he said.
The Popular Front has been alleged to be the resurrected form of the banned outfit Students Islamic Movement of India. A petition was filed against the organization by the Kerala State government stating that the group had ‘active involvement’ in as many as 27 murder cases. The murder, stated the report was of cadres belonging to CPI(M) and RSS.
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