The Kerala government today informed the state high court that investigators have obtained evidence regarding the connection of radical outfit Popular Front of India (PFI), which allegedly launched a brutal attack on a college lecturer in July, with the Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e Taiba (Let) and al-Qaeda.
The submission in this regard was made by by R Rajashekharan Nair, deputy secretary (home) in a counter affidavit filed in a PIL by Gireesh babu seeking a ban on PFI and to hand over the investigation on the attack of the lecturer to National Investigation Agency (NIA).
The government assured that proper and detailed investigation shall be conducted by the state against the activities of the PFI.
Some of the materials seized by investigators indicate that these organisations are trying to propagate extreme ideology to its cadres, it was stated.
The state government also claimed that terrorism is not deep-rooted in the state. There has been no major terrorist attack in the state.
Pointing that the power to ban the PFI rests with the Union government, the government said that the PFI's linkages with organisations like Simi are under investigation.
In Kerala, National Democratic Front (NDF)and PFI activists have been involved in several crime cases including murder and attempt to commit murder.
Allegations regarding flow of foreign funds to extremists was under enquiry by police and state intelligence.
The allegation that terrorists are getting weaponry, financial and political support from Pakistan is under enquiry by the central government agency, the affidavit stated.
The investigation into the attack on college lecturer, Prof TJ Joseph, was progressing and this cannot be transferred to the National Investigation Agency. The case is being investigated by senior officials.
The allegations regarding the PFI and STPI, Popular Front's sister organisation, are propagating extreme ideology was under enquiry.