Former Vice-President Hamid Ansari attended an event organised by National Women’s Front (NWF), the women’s wing of the Popular Front of India in Kozhikode.

Ex-Vice President Hamid Ansari attends PFI event in Kerala faces flak on social media
news Social Media Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 15:48

Former Vice-President Hamid Ansari is in the eye of a storm, after he attended an event in Kerala on Saturday, that was organised by Popular Front of India (PFI).

PFI is under the scanner for its alleged terror links and the Centre is even mulling banning the outfit, based on a report filed by the National Investigating Agency (NIA).

On Saturday, Hamid Ansari was in Kozhikode to attend an event organised by National Women’s Front (NWF), the women’s wing of PFI. According to reports, the international conference, ‘The role of women in making a humane society,’ was organised jointly by New Delhi-based Institute of Objective Studies and NWF.

Inaugurating the conference, Hamid Ansari said that Islam respects the individuality of women and called for gender equality. Taking part in the event, Hamid Ansari also handed over a memento to PFI India Chairman E Aboobacker.

Hamid Ansari attending an event organised by PFI has now stirred a hornet's nest. The BJP in the state has demanded an apology from the former Vice President.

“A person who was the Vice President of the country for 10 years should not have taken part in a programme organised by an outfit which is under the scanner of the National Investigation Agency,” BJP district president P Raghunath said in a release, reported The Hindu.

More voices have now come forward to criticize him for attending the event. Taking to Twitter, Shobha Karandlaje, a BJP MP from Karnataka, condemned Hamid Ansari taking part in an event by "radical outfit PFI."

CT Ravi, BJP MLA and party General Secretary from Karnataka also slammed Ansari, calling him a ‘Mullah’.

While some users on social media demanded the government of India to stop giving pension benefits to Hamid Ansari, some others demanded that he leave the country.

Why the anger?

Currently active in at least 23 states across the country, with Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu being their most active chapters, PFI has been repeatedly accused of having terror links.

Several PFI members have been chargesheeted for their alleged involvement in violence cases, following which, they have been slapped with Unlawful Activities Prevention Act  (UAPA).

Notably, the PFI has been accused of involvement in four cases: Chopping off of a professor’s hand in Idukki, the murder of RSS leader Rudresh in Bengaluru, conducting a training camp in Kannur from where country-made bombs and swords were allegedly seized, and the Islamic State Al-Hindi Module case in which the accused from Kerala and Tamil Nadu planned to hit targets in south India.

In 2015, a Kerala court had found 13 PFI activists guilty of chopping off the hand of Professor TJ Joseph, five years after a group of attackers chopped off his right hand for allegedly insulting Prophet Mohammed in a question paper he set.

According to a recent report by The Times of India, the NIA filed a dossier to the central government, after which, the government is now mulling banning the outfit.

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