The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) renewed its 2014 notification to declare the LTTE as an “unlawful association” for another five years. Details
- The Union government on Tuesday extended the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for violent and disruptive activities that are prejudicial to the integrity and sovereignty of the country.
- The ban has been extended under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967
- India had banned the LTTE after the assassination of Gandhi in 1991. The ban on the group was last extended for five years in 2014.
- The notification stated that the LTTE's continued violent and disruptive activities are prejudicial to the integrity and sovereignty of India. The group continues to adopt a strong anti-India posture and also continues to pose a grave threat to the security of Indian nationals
- The separatist Tamil chauvinist groups and pro-LTTE groups continue to foster a separatist tendency amongst the masses and enhance the support base for LTTE in India and particularly in Tamil Nadu
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- The LTTE is a terror outfit based in Sri Lanka came up in 1976. It was founded by Velupillai Prabhakaran
- Its objective for a separate homeland (Tamil Eelam) for all Tamils threatens the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India, and amounts to cession and secession of a part of the territory of India from the Union and thus falls within the ambit of unlawful activities
- It faced military defeat in May 2009 in Sri Lanka, but it had not abandoned the concept of ‘Eelam’ (separate land for Tamils) and had been clandestinely working towards the cause by undertaking fund-raising and propaganda activities