The Jharkhand government on Tuesday banned the controversial Popular Front of India (PFI) in the state for its alleged links with the Islamic State (IS). The PFI has been banned under Section 16 of The Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1908.
This is not the first time the Jharkhand government has banned the Popular Front of India in the state.
On February 20, last year, the Raghubar Das-led government had banned the party for its members being allegedly influenced by the Islamic State.
"The state has banned the Popular Front of India, which is active in Jharkhand, under the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1908. The Home Department had recommended the ban," a government statement had said.
"The PFI is very active in Pakur district. The members of the PFI, which was set up in Kerala, are influenced by the IS. According to Home Department report, some PFI members have even gone to Syria from southern states and are working for the IS," the statement added.
However, in August 2018, the government's decision was set aside by the high court.
(With IANS inputs)