Among the three persons who were arrested from the national capital in a pan-India operation against the Popular Front of India (PFI), one is PFI Delhi head Parvez Ahmed. He was arrested from his house in Abul Fazal Enclave in Shaheen Bagh in the wee hours of Thursday.
Parvez’s wife Nazma said that the agency officials conducted the searches and picked up her husband from her house. “They came at 6.45 am. A few of the personnel came to our house and started banging on our door. I asked them who they wanted to see; they said they wanted to meet Parvez Sahab.”
“I told them ‘he is not at home and has gone to drop off our kids at school’. But they kept standing outside our house. Some female personnel were also there. A lot of policemen surrounded our house,” Nazma said, while giving an account of the raid.
She added that the officers told her that they had a warrant. “They took away two of our mobile phones and also my husband with them. I don’t know where they have taken him,” she added.
Sources said following a medical examination, Parvez was taken to the ED office, where he was further interrogated. Agency sources said Parvez’s brother has also been detained.
Parvez Ahmed was arrested by the Delhi Police in connection with the Delhi riots in 2020. But he soon got bail. The police had accused him of instigating the rioters during the anti-CAA protests that rocked the national capital.
In May this year, when the PFI was planning to hold a nationwide campaign ‘Save the Republic’, Parvez was the main organiser in Delhi. The event, however, did not happen in Delhi as the police did not grant permission to it.
The ED is trying to establish PFI’s links with alleged “hawala” operators and foreign funding for the organisation.