Karnataka CM Bommai hails central government’s decision to ban PFI and its subsidiaries

Bengaluru News Live Updates September 28, 2022: Police in Karnataka had arrested more than 80 PFI and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) members on Tuesday in an early morning operation as a preventive measure

Basavaraj Bommai, Chief Minister of Karnataka. (Case)

Karnataka Bengaluru News Live Updates: Chief Minister of Karnataka Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday hailed the central government‘s decision to ban the Indian People’s Front (PFI) and its associates. “PFI has been involved in numerous anti-national activities and violence. They have their command outside the country and many of their top officials have crossed the border and gone through their own training,” he said.

“This has long been a demand of the people of this country, of all political parties, including the opposition CPI, CPI(M) and Congress. PFI is the avatar (embodiment) of SIMI (Islamic Banned Students Movement of India) and KFD (Karnataka Dignity Forum). They were involved in anti-national activities and violence,” Bommai said.

A local court in Chitradurga, Karnataka has extended custody of Shivamurthy Sharanaru, the pontiff Murugha mutt for 14 days. He was arrested for the alleged sexual assault of two underage students. Meanwhile, sources close to the pooch said they are due to hold a meeting on September 29 to decide whether Sharanaru should step down as pontiff or continue.

Residents of parts of Bengaluru opting for a shorter journey time to Kempegowda International Airport, located in Devanahalli, will soon be able to take a helicopter ride from the city‘s HAL airport. Helicopter services will be available to and from the international airport and will be operational five days a week, starting October 10.

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Janata Dal (secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy on Tuesday called on the government to reveal the reasons for the raids against the leaders of the Indian Popular Front (PFI).

“If the (state) government does not do this, we will have to believe that these raids are being carried out to divert attention from corruption allegations against the government,” the former chief minister said.

“The government should reveal the details of the findings made and other documents to the people of the state. If they don’t reveal the truth behind the raids, people will suspect the raids are being done to distract from Congress’ PayCM campaign,” he said.

The principal of a public school in Gadag district, Karnataka, was reportedly heckled by activists from right-wing group Sri Rama Sene on Tuesday after asking students to write an essay on the Prophet Muhammad. Activists also accused the headmaster of facilitating the students’ religious conversion.

The incident happened at the Nagavi Village Government High School. The militants stormed into the school and arrested headmaster Abdul Munafar Bijapur, leaving the rest of the school’s population of 172 students “in shock”.

According to Abdul, a week ago a well-known person came to him and offered to fund an essay contest. “In order to improve student handwriting, we held an essay contest based on the book named nalleged which I was promoting Islam, which is incorrect.”

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First published on: 28-09-2022 at 10:19:41

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