Mangaluru: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has reportedly raided the offices of the Popular Front of India (PFI) and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) in Bengaluru and Mangaluru as well as the homes of the PFI leaders on Thursday morning. 

The NIA officials conducted raids on the organizations' offices located in Bajpe, Jokatte, Nellikai Road, Kulai and Kavoor. Offices of the PFI leaders in Bengaluru too were raided by the NIA. While the homes of PFI leaders were also subjected to raid, some of them have been detained, it is learned. 

Upon learning of the NIA raids, the activists of the organization gathered outside the residences of PFI and SDPI leaders and shouted slogans against the NIA, expressing their outrage. 

The SDPI and PFI activists who were protesting against the NIA raids in Mangaluru were detained by the police.

Security was tightened at Nellikai Road, with CRPF personnel, who closed the road for public use on Thursday morning.

The raids in the city were conducted as a part of a nationwide search by the NIA for people supporting terrorist associations.

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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.