NEW DELHI — In the context of a vilification campaign by sections of the media, the Popular Front of India (PFI) on Friday filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) before the Allahabad High Court seeking a court monitored judicial probe into the police ‘violence’ during the anti–CAA protests in Uttar Pradesh. The BJP-led state government had blamed the PFI for the ‘violence’ and recommended to the Centre for a ban on the organisation.
The PFI had rubbished the state government’s charge against it. The front also sued several media organisations against attempts at targeting the PFI and maligning its image without sufficient grounds. The petition filed by Mohammad Shahzad, UP state PFI ad hoc committee member, sought a probe by a retired Supreme Court or high court judge.
The petition stated that the protests against CAA, NRC and NPR were largely peaceful, except for some stray incidents. Yet, the UP police resorted to all sorts of atrocities such as Illegal arrests, custodial tortures, and other heinous acts like harassing women and children. It said many innocent lives were lost in the police firing in the state.
“Even after getting itself exposed through video footages and reports of fact finding missions, the Yogi government continues to harass activists by falsely implicating them in new cases and by spreading false stories through a section of media,” the PFI said.
The court heard the petition on Friday and posted it for hearing on Saturday along with other related petitions.