India extends ban on LTTE for five years

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –India today extended the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for violent and disruptive activities which are prejudicial to the integrity and sovereignty of India.

The Ministry of Home Affairs renewed its 2014 notification to declare LTTE as an “unlawful association” for another five years, The Hindu newspaper reported.

In the notification, MHA said that LTTE “continues to adopt a strong anti-India posture as also continues to pose a grave threat to the security of Indian nationals, it is necessary to declare LTTE as an unlawful association with immediate effect”.

It also said 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 Very Very Important Persons (VVIP) security adversely in India”.

MHA 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,” MHA said.

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