The Union Government on Tuesday extended the ban on Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for its continued violent and disruptive activities which are prejudicial to the integrity and sovereignty of the country for five years with immediate effect. A notification issued by the Union Home ministry stated on Tuesday.
The ban has been extended under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act,1967, it said. It futhur added that LTTE continues to pose a grave threat to the security of Indian nationals.
India had banned the LTTE after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991.
Even after its military defeat in May 2009 in Sri Lanka, the LTTE or the Tamil Tigers has not abandoned the concept of ‘Eelam’ and has been secretely working towards this cause by undertaking fund raising and propaganda activities, and the remnant LTTE leaders or cadres have also initiated efforts to regroup the scattered activists and resurrect the outfit locally and internationally, the Home Ministry said.
The LTTE or Tamil Tigers, dedicated to the fight for Tamil independence in Sri Lanka, was formed by V Prabhakaran in 1976.