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Nov 02, 2010 at 08:51am IST

Islamic fundamentalism gaining ground in Kerala

New Delhi: A cause for concern of India's intelligence, which has warned that the radical Islamic outfit calling itself the Popular Front of India, is gradually spreading across the country. What is alarming is that it is tying up with banned groups like the Students Islamic Movement of India.

Union Home Ministry is now worried, as an Intelligence Bureau report has revealed that Islamic fundamentalism is fast gaining ground in Kerala, with its roots spreading right up to Pakistan.

According to a confidential IB report available with CNN-IBN, Jammat-e-Islami, People's Democratic Front and now the infamous Popular Front of India are collaborating with banned organisation SIMI.

Youths are being trained in manufacturing and handling of IEDs.

Karate techniques and traditional martial arts like Kalari are part of the training process and funding for these are coming from the Gulf countries.

What has got the home ministry more concerned is the revelation that PFI's network has now spread beyond Kerala. Organisations from Goa (Citizen's Forum), Rajasthan (Community Social and Educational Society), West Bengal (Nagrik Adhikar Suraksha Samiti), Manipur (Liong Social Forum) and Andhra Pradesh (Association of Social Justice) are all part of PFI's growing network.

In fact PFI activists have been arrested in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district too.