New Delhi: The Central Government has extended the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for another five years under sub-sections (1) and (3) of section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (37 of 1967) with immediate effect. The notification in this regard was issued here today.
The gazette notification noted that LTTE was an association based in Sri Lanka, but having its supporters, sympathisers and agents in India and that its objective for a separate homeland Tamil Eelam for all Tamils threatened the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India for the Union and thus, fell within the ambit of unlawful activity.
The notification states that the LTTE’s continued violent and disruptive activities are prejudicial to the integrity and sovereignty of India; and it continues to adopt a strong anti-India posture as also continues to pose a grave threat to the security of Indian nationals.
LTTE was banned in India after the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991.