Revealed: PFI working behind anti-CAA protest, funded ₹120 crores to many protesting groups

Ever since the Citizenship Amendment Bill was passed by the Parliament, the nation has witnessed a lot of protests across the country. Violent Protests have been taking place against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Protesters held several protests in many parts of the country including Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, West Bengal, and others.

Now, an investigation into the violent protests against CAA has revealed that the Popular Front of India (PFI) is behind the violence, arson, sabotage, dharna. Protesters were misled by PFI and they were provoked to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act. As per the report, PFI played a major role in the recent violent protests against the CAA in Uttar Pradesh. PFI was also reportedly involved in the violent protests in Karnataka and West Bengal. 

After the investigation was conducted, it has been learnt that around Rs 120 crore has been spent to carry out the riots by PFI. It further revealed that the Popular Front of India (PFI) was actively involved in the recent protests which were held in several parts of the country. As the citizenship bill was introduced in Parliament, PFI started distributing money in order to carry out riots in the country. 

The whole story behind the violent protests against the citizenship law has now been revealed. Investigations have shown that it was a well-planned strategy that aimed to spread anarchy in the country by luring protesters with money.

However, Uttar Pradesh police have found evidence against the PFI. As per reports, 27 bank accounts were opened in the name of Popular Front of India. 9 bank accounts belong to Rehab India Foundation, an organization associated with PFI and the same organization has opened 37 bank accounts in the name of 17 different people and organization. 

According to the ED, Rs 77 lakh was transferred to Kapil Sibal alone. The ED has issued a statement revealing the name of Kapil Sibal as a recipient for funding the anti-CAA agitations.

Investigations into the transactions in 73 bank accounts which received over Rs 120 crore, revealed a lot of information to the police. To dodge the investigating agencies, about Rs 120 crore were deposited in 73 accounts, but the accounts were emptied leaving a nominal amount in the accounts.

Ever since the citizenship amendment bill was passed by the Parliament, a lot of transactions have been made through PFI without letting anyone know. It seems like those who made transactions or deposited the money were instructed to deposit less than 50 thousand rupees at a time. The transaction dates in the 15 accounts of the PFI also match the dates of violence. This draws a clear connection between the violent protests and PFI. 

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducted an investigation in which it was found that the recent violent protests in Uttar Pradesh against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) had a “financial link” with the Kerala-based outfit PFI. Protesters were financially supported and instigated to carry out protests across the state. The agency, which is probing the Popular Front of India (PFI) under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) since 2008, has found that over Rs 120 crore were credited in the bank accounts in western Uttar Pradesh after the Bill was passed by Parliament.

It is learnt that these funds were allegedly used by PFI affiliates to fuel anti-CAA protests in various parts of UP. 

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.