NEW DELHI: Popular Front of India's two members, it's chief and the secretary, have been arrested by Delhi Police Special Cell on Thursday after Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that two people have been identified for funding the riots in the northeast part of the national capital.
A senior official of the team informed that Mohammad Iliyas and Parvez Ahmed have been captured by the police. The officer said, "We have arrested Mohammad Iliyas and Parvez Ahmed for their alleged role in instigating the people during the Delhi riots. Their role has also surfaced in the funding of the riots."
The officer further said that Iliyas was under the scanner for funding the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest in Delhi's Shaheen Bagh that has been continuing since December 2019.
Parvez Ahmed is PFI's Delhi President whereas Mohammad Iliyas is the secretary. Iliyas, who has earlier contested in the 2020 Delhi Assembly polls on a ticket from SDPI from Karawal Nagar, lives in Shiv Vihar.
Not only the special cell but the Enforcement Directorate (ED) also has probed that the PFI has allegedly funded the ant--CAA protests across the country. The ED said back in January that it identified several bank accounts that were used for funding of over Rs 120 crore for these protests.
Both the accused are likely to be produced before Patiala High Court of Delhi later.