May 15, Colombo: As Sri Lanka is getting ready to commemorate the defeat of the Tamil Tiger terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the Central Government of India has extended its ban on the organization for five more years.
The government of India fearing that activities of LTTE pose a threat to the public order as well as the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country has declared the organization as an "unlawful association" with immediate effect under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act of 1967.
The Ministry of Home Affairs in an Extraordinary Gazette notification issued Wednesday (May 14) said the activities of the LTTE remnant cadres, sympathizers and supporters in Tamil Nadu state suggest that the cadres would ultimately be used by the LTTE for unlawful activities.
The Ministry said despite the ban in force, attempts have been made by pro-LTTE organizations and individuals to extend their support to the LTTE.
It feared that LTTE's objective for a separate homeland (Tamil Eelam) for all Tamils threatens the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India, and amounts to cession and secession of a part of the territory of India from the Union.
The Ministry underscored that the despite the military defeat in 2009 May, LTTE has not abandoned the concept of Eelam, and has been clandestinely working towards the goal undertaking fund raising and propaganda activities.
The remnant LTTE leaders or cadres have also initiated the efforts to regroup the scattered activists and resurrect the outfit locally and internationally, the Ministry of Home Affairs noted.
The gazette notification said the separatist Tamil chauvinist groups and pro-LTTE groups continue to foster a separatist tendency amongst masses and enhance the support for base for LTTE in India and particularly, in Tamil Nadu.
The Diaspora continue to spread through articles in the Internet portals, anti-India feeling amongst the Sri Lankan Tamils by holding the Government of India responsible for the defeat of the LTTE, the Ministry said in the gazette notification.
It feared that such propaganda through the Internet, is likely to impact VVIP security adversely in India.
India initially banned the Tamil Tigers in 1992 under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act following the assassination of Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 by an LTTE suicide bomber. The Central government since then has been extending the ban every two years.
Sri Lanka vanquished the Tamil Tiger outfit five years ago by completely eliminating its senior leaders including the founder Velupillai Prabhakaran.
However, attempts to revive the organization in Sri Lanka by the remnant LTTE cadres have come to light and Sri Lanka last month proscribed 16 Tamil organizations that are suspected of abetting LTTE locally and internationally.