Ramalingam murder case: NIA is conducting raids at 20 locations of PFI activists

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Popular Front of India (PFI) members arrested by police in February.

By Muslim Mirror Staff

National Investigation Agency (NIA) is conducting raids at 20 locations in Tamil Nadu including Thanjavur, in crackdown on Popular Front of India (PFI) activists. NIA is conducting investigation in PMK member Ramalingam murder case (He was murdered in Thanjavur district on Thursday , reported ANI

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Ramalingam, a catering contractor from Thirubuvanam in Thanjavur district was murdered by a gang on February 6, for allegedly opposing a group of Muslims for having religious conversions. It is alleged in the FIR that Popular Front of India (PFI) cadres murdered the 45-year-old for the same.

The case was recently taken over by the NIA.

While most raids in crackdown on PFI activists were being conducted in Thanjavur, the NIA also searched offices of the PFI and the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) in Trichy, Kumbakonam and Karaikal.

The NIA started conducting inquiries with the Thiruvidaimaruthur police and family members of Ramalingam on Wednesday. So far, as many as eleven accused have been arrested in the case.

However on February 12th when the police arrested six members of PFI related to the case  Ramalingam’s son, 17-year-old R Shiyamsundhar, who was with his father when he was attacked, told Scroll.in that none of the arrested men had been in the group that had killed his father. “I saw the pictures of those arrested,” said Shiyamsundhar. “They did not attack my father. I have never seen the persons who attacked him before. They were not from this town. They were outsiders and smelled of alcohol.”

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