In a disturbing incident, an Indian Army jawan was allegedly abducted and assaulted by unidentified persons in Kerala’s Kollam district on Sunday night. The attackers also painted ‘PFI’ on the jawan’s back, which is believed to refer to the banned Islamic outfit Popular Front of India.
Incident Occurred Near Jawan’s House
According to reports, the incident occurred near the house of the army jawan, identified as Shine Kumar, in Kadakkal town. Kumar stated in his police complaint that around six people abducted him from near his house on Sunday night.
The abductors then took Kumar to a nearby rubber forest and assaulted him. They also tied his hands and painted ‘PFI’ on his back using green paint.
Video of Soldier Goes Viral
A video of Kumar with ‘PFI’ painted on his back has gone viral on social media. In the video, Kumar’s t-shirt can be seen torn from the back to reveal the green painted letters ‘PFI’.
Though the reason behind the attack remains unclear, it is presumed to be related to the now-banned Popular Front of India. PFI was banned by the central government earlier this month after nation-wide raids by the National Investigation Agency.
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Police File Complaint, Investigation Underway
After the assault, Kumar approached the local Kadakkal Police and filed a complaint regarding the incident. The police have registered a case based on the complaint.
“We have received a complaint from the army jawan and have filed a case. An investigation has been initiated to ascertain the facts of the incident,” said a police official from Kadakkal Police Station.
No arrests have been made so far related to the case. The police are examining the video evidence and statements from Kumar to identify the perpetrators.
Army Jawan States 6 People Involved in Attack
In his complaint, Kumar stated that around six people were involved in the assault. They abducted him from near his house and took him to the nearby rubber forest by force before tying his hands and painting ‘PFI’ on his back.
Kumar suffered minor injuries in the attack. He is currently under treatment and observation.
PFI Ban Triggers Crackdown
Notably, PFI or Popular Front of India is an Islamic outfit that was recently banned by the central government. The ban followed nation-wide raids by the National Investigation Agency on PFI offices and members across several states.
Over 100 PFI members were arrested in the crackdown for alleged terror-funding, training and radicalization activities. The central agencies had long-accused PFI of violent activities and connections with banned groups.
The police probe will look into whether the assault on the Kerala-based army jawan is connected to the larger crackdown on PFI across the country. The investigation remains in the preliminary stages.