Kerala government firefighting officials seen giving training to PFI members, 2 suspended

Kerala state firefighting officials were seen giving training workers of the Islamist organization, People’s Front of India (PFI) in Aluva Tehsil, Ernakulam district, according to reports. The incident took place in the last week of March and controversy erupted in the state after Kerala State BJP Chairman K Surendran attacked the state government for the same reason.

Some Kerala fire and rescue service officials were seen giving training to members of Indian Popular Front and workers of its political group SDPI (Social Democratic Party of India) during an event at the Priyadarshini auditorium of Aluva. Apparently the event was organized to mark the inauguration of the PFI Rescue and Relief Team for which state firefighting officials have been invited.

On March 31, K Surendran took to Twitter to talk about the incident and shared some photos from the event. He wrote: “The Kerala Fire and Rescue Service has given training to members of the radical Islamic group People’s Front of India. PFI and SDPI are involved in several terrorist activities. The government of Pinarayi Vijayan gives a red carpet to these jihadist forces.

As Surendran shared in the tweet, it can be seen that state officials in police uniforms are seen demonstrating in front of a gathering full of PFI members. After the controversy erupted, the Pinarayi Vijayan administration asked DGP Fire Force B Sandhya to submit a report on the incident. In the report to the government, the DGP acknowledged that there had been significant misconduct by the ministry and promised to seek action against the officials involved.

Officials from the state fire department said they were invited to a PFI cultural party and so demonstrated lifesaving operations to members in attendance. However, in a new flyer, B Sandhya explained that the Kerala Fire and Rescue Service Department is no longer allowed to give training to the following religious or political formations. According to a report by News18 Kerala, so far, two civil servants have been suspended and three have been transferred according to a state investigation report.