ALLOWED, STOPPED, ALLOWED! POPULAR FRONT MEET HELD IN DELHI AMIDST HIGH DRAMA

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Thousands attend the national conference of the Popular Front of India (PFI) at Shastri Park in New Delhi on Sunday. The conference was held amidst high drama, with Delhi Police first withdrawing the permission and then allowing the organisers to hold the meeting for 3 hours. Image credit: Caravan Daily

Popular Front of India complains that vehicles ferrying participants from other states to Delhi for the event were stopped at the borders

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NEW DELHI — Amidst high-voltage drama and chaos, Popular Front of India was able to conduct its 3-hour long conference on Sunday. As soon as the programme began at Shastri Park early in the morning, a heavy contingent of Delhi Police and Rapid Action Force descended on the venue and stopped the programme. But the organisers talked to the DCP and were able to get three hours granted to organise the programme themed  #WeAlsoHaveSomethingToSay .

“They stopped us from conducting the programme. We talked to the DCP as people had arrived at the venue, she should be allowed to hold the programme. He granted us three hours. Our programme ended at 5 PM,” Gulpham Hussain, Delhi State Secretary of Popular Front told Caravan Daily.

Popular Front of India President E Aboobaker speaks at the national conference in New Delhi on Sunday. The PFI meet was held amidst high drama, with Delhi Police first withdrawing the permission and then allowing the organisers to hold the meeting for 3 hours. Image credit: Caravan Daily

On being asked why the police had stopped their programme in the last minute, he said, “We had got a written permission from the Police for the event. But day before yesterday, they cancelled it. We approached them and requested for permission, which they granted, but verbally. We started preparing the ground for the event but we were again apprehended from hosting the meet early this morning. We then approached the DCP pointing out that people had already gathered and hence the event can’t be cancelled. We were later granted permission to conduct it for three hours.”

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The PFI official further said that several vehicles ferrying participants to the venue were stopped at the Delhi border and also at different locations within Delhi.

Eminent figures who featured in today’s conference included PFI’s national president E. Aboobaker, Justice (retd.) B G Khosle Patil of Bombay High Court, eminent human rights activist Ravi Nair, senior advocate N D Pancholi, Delhi Minorities Commission Chairman Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan and Muslim Political Council of India’s president  Dr Tasleem Rahmani.

Over the past few weeks and days, unconfirmed reports have been doing the rounds suggesting that the BJP government at the Centre is contemplating to ban the organisation. PFI has a significant presence in several South Indian states. The organization has written to the Union Home Ministry requesting it to hear their part of the story.

 

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