New Delhi, May 14: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Tuesday extended ban on proscribed organisation Liberation of Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) for another five years.
“The Government of India, under the provisions of Unlawful Activities(prevention) Act,1967, has proscribed the Liberation of Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) as an ‘Unlawful Association’. The declaration of LTTE as an ‘Unlawful Association’ has been extended for a further period of five years with effect from May 14, 2019”, the notification reads.
LTTE was banned in India soon after the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991.
The Home Ministry said that the Centre is of the opinion that since the LTTE is an unlawful association and there is a need to control such separatist activities by all possible means.
The notification also states that the LTTE’s continued violent and disruptive activities are prejudicial to the integrity and sovereignty of India; and it continues to adopt a strong anti-India posture as also continues to pose a grave threat to the security of Indian nationals.
'The diaspora continue to spread through articles in the Internet portals, anti-India feeling amongst the Sri Lankan Tamils by holding the Government of India responsible for the defeat of the LTTE and such propaganda through Internet, which remains continued, is likely to impact the VVIP security adversely in India”, the notification further added.
MHA, in its notification, further said that even after its military defeat in May, 2009 in Sri Lanka, LTTE has not abandoned the concept of ‘Eelam’ (separate land for Tamils) and has been clandestinely working towards the cause by undertaking fund raising and propaganda activities.
“The remnant LTTE leaders or cadres have also initiated efforts to regroup the scattered activists and resurrect the outfit locally and internationally,” the MHA said.