India extends ban on LTTE
Indian government has extended the ban imposed on LTTE declaring that the outfit continues to adopt a strong anti-India posture and pose a grave threat to the security of its citizens. A media report said.
In a notification issued, the Home Ministry of India has said the activities of LTTE are detrimental to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India and there is a continuing strong need to control all such separatist activities by all possible means.
“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,” the Home Ministry notification issued by joint secretary Dharmendra Sharma has said.
The LTTE, which was militarily crushed by the Sri Lankan forces, was banned in India after the assassination of former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi in 1991.
Sri Lankan forces defeated the LTTE during the year 2009, following an intense military campaign.
The Indian Home Ministry has said separatist Tamil chauvinist and pro-LTTE groups continue to foster a separatist tendency among the masses and trying to enhance the support base for LTTE in India, particularly in Tamil Nadu, which will ultimately have a strong disintegrating influence over the territorial integrity of India.
“The diaspora continue to spread through articles in the Internet portals, anti-India feeling amongst the Sri Lankan Tamils by holding the top Indian political leaders and bureaucrats responsible for the defeat of the LTTE,” the statement has added.
“Such propaganda through Internet, which remains continued, is likely to impact VVIP security adversely in India,” the notification also points out.
The Home Ministry has said the activities of the LTTE remnant cadres, dropouts, sympathizers, supporters who have been traced out recently in Tamil Nadu suggest that the cadres sent to Tamil Nadu would ultimately be utilized by the LTTE for unlawful activities.
Indian government also points out that the activities of pro-LTTE organizations and individuals have come to notice of the government that despite of the ban in force, attempts have been made by these forces to extend their support to the LTTE.
“The LTTE leaders, operatives and supporters have been inimically opposed to India’s policy on their organization and action of the state machinery in curbing their activities,” the statement has added.
Indian government also says, the LTTE’s objective for a separate homeland (Tamil Eelam) for all Tamils threatens the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India and amounts to cession from the Union and thus falls the ambit of an unlawful activities.
Source: Zee News