Govt ex­tends ban on LTTE by 5 yrs

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Nation -

The min­istry of home af­fairs (MHA) on Tues­day is­sued a no­ti­fi­ca­tion ex­tend­ing the ban on the Lib­er­a­tion Tigers of Tamil Ee­lam (LTTE) — a mil­i­tant out­fit that fought for Tamil in­de­pen­dence in Sri Lanka un­til its de­feat in 2009 — for five more years. It said LTTE’s con­tin­ued vi­o­lent and dis­rup­tive ac­tiv­i­ties are prej­u­di­cial to the in­tegrity and sovereignt­y of the na­tion.

In­dia had banned the LTTE af­ter the as­sas­si­na­tion of for­mer PM Ra­jiv Gandhi in 1991. The ban on the group was last ex­tended for five years in 2014. The LTTE, a ter­ror out­fit based in Sri Lanka, came up in 1976 with a de­mand for a sep­a­rate home­land [Tamil Ee­lam] for Ta­mil­ians. “LTTE con­tin­ues to adopt an anti-In­dia pos­ture which is pos­ing a grave threat to the liveli­hood of In­dian na­tion­als. There­fore, it is es­sen­tial to de­clare the LTTE as an un­law­ful as­so­ci­a­tion,” a no­ti­fi­ca­tion is­sued by MHA read. HTC

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