According to various News Channels including Times Now and Republic TV, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy had a meeting with leaders of the PFI (Popular Front of India) and SDPI (Social Democratic Party of India), an Islamic outfit and its political party respectively. This meeting happened immediately after Kumaraswamy took oath as the Karnataka CM at the Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru, along with the Bengaluru Mayor.
Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy meets members of SDPI-PFI pic.twitter.com/C5HhCXXjts
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) May 29, 2018
Republic TV spoke to the Bengaluru mayor over the meeting. He confirmed that he, along with his party leader, had gone to meet CM Kumaraswamy and greeted him, while Mujahid Pasha and SDPI and PFI members had come to meet the Chief Minister separately. They had coincidentally happened to be in the same photo.
Earlier this year, the NIA had submitted a report on the PFI to the Home Ministry, claiming that the group has been involved in terror acts, including running terror camps and making bombs, and it was a fit case to be declared banned under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
In February this year, the Jharkhand government had banned the Kerala-based PFI in the state stating that, “members of this organisation are influenced by the Islamic State terror group (IS)”. Jharkhand police claimed that there were pronounced activities of the group in Pakur and Sahebganj districts of the tribal-dominated Santhal Pargana region.