Indian Government Extends Ban on LTTE for Five Years

The Ministry of Home Affairs in a freshly issued notification extended ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, also known as Tamil Tigers) in India for another period of five years.

Even after LTTE’s military defeat in May 2009, it continues to adopt a strong anti-India posture and also continues to pose a grave threat to the security of Indian nationals. It has continued its disruptive and violent activities which are prejudicial to integrity and sovereignty of India.

It is a Sri Lanka based Tamil militant and political organization, which was founded in 1976. It was banned in India following the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 by its members. Its objective is to create an independent state of Tamil Eelam in the north and east of Sri Lanka (areas comprising Tamil Majority).

The pro-LTTE groups and Tamil chauvinist groups continue to foster separatist tendencies amongst Indian masses, especially in Tamil Nadu. Recently, activities of LTTE remnant cadres and supporters have been traced out in Tamil Nadu. LTTE has not abandoned the concept of Tamil Eelam and is undertaking propaganda activities and fundraising for its Eelam cause in Europe.

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