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Why Andhra Intelligence issued circular on Zakat collection of Popular Front?

By TCN News,

Hyderabad: Popular Front of India (PFI) is not a banned group, but it seems the government or its agencies are treating it as a banned group or at least preparing to ban it. If not, then why had Andhra Pradesh Intelligence Department issued a circular during this past Ramzan to gather information about the collection of Zakat funds by Popular Front?

The Additional Director General of Police, Intelligence Andhra Pradesh had sent a circular on 13th August 2011 to Commissioners of Police and Superintendents of Police al over the state to collect information about the collection of Zakat funds by PFI.



Andhra Pradesh Intelligence circular

The circular read: “It is reliably learnt that activists of PFI are collecting donations “Zakat’ during a month long Ramzan festival. All the CsP/SsP are requested to instruct their SC/CI Cell Staff to collect the following information.”

The ADGP circular had sought information on five counts: Names of persons collecting “Zakat”; Amount collected so far; Names of donors; Amount so collected is being deposited in banks or kept with whom if so, its details and the purpose for which these funds utilized/being utilized.

The police officers were asked to pass on their information to the Intelligence Headquarters by 25th August 2011.

PFI hit national headlines last year when allegedly some of its members were picked in hand chopping case of a college professor. The matter is in court now. Earlier it was alleged that the group has links with terror groups like lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizb-e-Islami and even Taliban. The Kerala state government conducted a probe and found the allegations baseless.

Now the questions is: Did the Andhra Intelligence issue the circular on its own or with the knowledge of the state government? If the government was not aware then what action now will it take?