New Delhi: The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Popular Front of India (PFI) on Thursday evening issued a statement condemning the ED and NIA raids and arrests of its over 100 national and state leaders across the country earlier in the day.

The PFI, in the press statement, termed the NIA and ED actions as “Unjust arrests and harassment of its national and state leaders.”

The press statement further added that the NIA’s baseless claims and sensationalism were aimed at creating an atmosphere of terror in the country. It also added that the NEC condemned what it termed as a “witch-hunt” against the members and supporters of the organization.

“Popular Front will never be intimidated by such scare tactics by a totalitarian regime that uses the central agencies as its puppets. The organization will stand firm on its stand and the struggle for recovering the democratic values and spirit of the constitution of our beloved country” the press statement by the PFI further stated.

In a nationwide crackdown on the organization on Thursday, the NIA and ED raided over a hundred locations belonging to the national and state leaders of the organization. The NIA later detained over a hundred leaders of the organization from various locations leading to an uproar by the PFI members and activists.

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Chandigarh, Sep 29: With cases of dog attacks reported from "many places", the Panchkula Municipal Corporation has banned the "ferocious" pitbull and rottweiler breeds of dogs as pets within the city limits, officials said on Thursday.

A decision to this effect was taken during a meeting of the MC House on Thursday, Mayor Kulbushan Goyal told reporters in Panchkula.

He said there were 24 agenda points before the meeting and all were passed by the House.

"As far as the issue pertaining to dogs was concerned, those pet owners who do not get their dogs registered will be fined Rs 2,000. Besides, two ferocious dog breeds have been banned in the city. Pitbull and rottweiler breeds have also been banned in many other cities and in Panchkula too they have been banned," the Mayor said.

He said there have been cases of dog attacks especially by these dog breeds at many places, and that people were bothered about this.