PFI, SDPI workers protesting during raid by ED officials | Photo: Farooq Veliyangode
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate stated that they conducted searches at four premises related to leaders and office bearers of Popular Front of India (PFI) in Kerala on December 8. The ED made it clear in a press release.
Searches were conducted at the residential premises of Shafeeque Payeth, a PFI and SDPI member at Peringathur in Kannur; Abdul Razak BP, PFI Divisional President of Perumpadappu at Malappuram; Ashraf M K, a PFI leader at Muvattupuzha in Ernakulam and the office premises of Munnar Villa Vista Project at Mankulam in Munnar.
Despite attempts by PFI to disrupt the search operations, the ED officers, assisted by a sizeable contingent of CRPF conducted the search operations successfully and the seized incriminating documents, digital devices and evidences related to foreign funding and acquisition of properties abroad during the search operation.
The seized documents also indicate about the money laundering activities of PFI through various projects in Kerala including the Munnar Villa Vista project which is being built by the PFI leaders to launder proceeds of crime generated in India and abroad. Acquisition of foreign properties by PFI leaders, including a bar and restaurant in Abu Dhabi, has come to the notice of the ED, which is under investigation.