India says LTTE continues to be a threat
Justifying the continuation of the ban on the LTTE, the Indian Government has asserted that the banned organization, continued to be a threat to the country’s sovereignty and integrity.
Justice V.K. Jain, who constitutes the one-man Tribunal set up under the Act to go into the ban, conducted a hearing in Chennai yesterday to decide its validity.
Filing an affidavit before the Tribunal, R.K. Suman, Director of Internal Security, Union Home Ministry said that though the LTTE has been decimated, there are reports to indicate that remnant LTTE cadres are trying tO regroup and revive the organization in Tamil Nadu and elsewhere in India. He also said there were reports that the banned organization was likely to revive with the assistance of Maoist organizations in the country. He emphasized that the outfit is capable of garnering local support in Tamil Nadu and several others parts in South India on account of linguistic, cultural and ethnic affinity. The LTTE continues to look at Tamil Nadu as a base for anti-India activities. The Home Ministry said that the Central government has information that the LTTE continues to be a threat to territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country.
The LTTE, even after its military defeat, has not abandoned its goal of achieving ‘Tamil Eelam.’ The remnants of the organisation have been clandestinely working by reviving activities locally and internationally and continue to propagate its agenda through various means.”
Mr. Suman cited the MDMK as one of the organizations, listed as a supporter of the LTTE.