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Twitter withholds Popular Front of India's account a day after government ban

Twitter withholds Popular Front of India's account a day after government ban

Twitter on Thursday withheld the official account of Popular Front of India, a day after the outfit was banned by the Indian government.

Twitter said that the account has been withheld in India “in response to a legal demand”. The outfit’s accounts on Facebook and Instagram were no longer available as well.

The Popular Front of India, along with its associates was banned for five years by the government under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act on Wednesday.

A government notification alleged that the Muslim organisation along with its eight affiliates have been involved in “violent terrorist activities” and intended to create a reign of terror in the country, thereby endangering the security and public order of the state.

It also claimed that some founding members of the outfit are leaders of the Students Islamic Movement of India outfit and have links with the terror group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh. Both organisations are banned in India.

The Popular Front of India was created in 2007 through the merger of three Muslim organisations in southern India. It describes itself as an organisation that works towards “the achievement of socio-economic, cultural and political empowerment of the deprived and the downtrodden and the nation at large”.

On Wednesday evening, the general secretary of the Kerala unit of the Popular Front...

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