SDPI doesn’t fear ban over Bengaluru riots, says will emerge stronger just like RSS

SDPI activists protesting the construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya (reprensentational image) | Photo: ANI

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Bengaluru: The Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), the political arm of the Kerala-based radical Muslim outfit Popular Front of India (PFI), has compared itself to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), saying if it is banned, it will bounce back and become stronger, just as the pro-Hindu organisation did after being banned three times.

Several SDPI leaders were among the 206 people arrested by the Bengaluru crime branch for Tuesday’s riots, which left three dead and several injured, including policemen. Muzammil Pasha, the Bengaluru district secretary of the SDPI, is one of the main accused.

Asked about the ban “looming” over the organisation, Dr Tasleem Ahamed Rehmani, national secretary of the SDPI, said they aren’t afraid as they have done no wrong.

“The RSS has been banned several times, and emerged stronger. We will also stick by our ideologies and principles of being of service to people, and emerge stronger,” Rehmani told ThePrint.

Karnataka’s Deputy Chief Minister Dr C.N. Ashwath Narayan said the state has enough proof against the SDPI, and that a decision on the ban will be taken soon.

Another minister, C.T. Ravi, told ThePrint that the fact hundreds of people were mobilised with weapons inside an hour indicated the violence was pre-planned.

“They had some agenda and they were waiting for a chance to cause communal tension. The PFI and SDPI are anti-national organisations and they should be banned immediately,” he said.

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