India extends ban on terrorist group LTTE, justifies decision due to its activities, threat to Indians
NEW DELHI: The Government of India has extended the ban on Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the terror group that was responsible for assassination of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi apart from thousands of killings in Sri Lanka.
The Centre has held that while LTTE was militarily defeated but it hasn't quit its demand for separate Eelam and has remained active, involved in propaganda and online activities that pose threat to India and also the prominent personalities in the country.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has maintained that LTTE's online propaganda continues to blame India for its defeat in Sri Lanka, and hence its adverse impact can't be ignored. This is the reason that Centre has decided to extend the ban on LTTE.
The ban has been under the Unlawful Prevention Activities Act (UAPA). This will be effective for a period of five more years, starting from May 14 2019. The notification states that LTTE is involved in generating funds for furthering its nefarious aims and is organising its cadre at the international level too. After Rajiv Gandhi's killing in 1991, India had banned the group.