LTTE remains a threat to India: Tribunal

A special tribunal headed by a Delhi High Court judge upheld Centre`s decision to extend the ban on terrorist outfit LTTE for another two years saying that the organisation remains a threat to the security of the country.

New Delhi: A special tribunal headed by a
Delhi High Court judge on Friday upheld Centre`s decision to
extend the ban on terrorist outfit LTTE for another two years
saying that the organisation remains a threat to the security
of the country.

"Indian soil is being used for unlawful activities
propelled by the remnant cadres of the LTTE (Liberation Tigers
of Tamil Eelam. There is sufficient material to declare the
LTTE as unlawful association as contempleted under the
Prevention of Unlawful Activities Act.

"Therefore, the declaration made by the Central
government notification dated May 14 is confirmed," Justice
Vikramajit Sen said.

The tribunal said that there was sufficient evidence
that pro-LTTE elements and remnant LTTE cadres, with the help
of locals smugglers, were actively participating in unlawful
activities in the country.

"The LTTE remains a threat to India`s security,
integrity and sovereignty," Justice Sen said, adding that "the
Central government has succeeded in establishing that
supporters of the LTTE in India has been spreading anti-india
feeling among the Tamils through public speeches and internet
portals."

The LTTE was first banned in India in 1992 following
the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and
the Centre has been extending the ban since then every two
years.

In his order, Justice Sen said, "Illegal immigration
of LTTE cadres through coastal areas, smuggling of narcotics
to raise funds and supply of fuel and explosives from the
Indian soil are all evidence of the active presence of LTTE in
India."

The government had on May 14 extended the ban on LTTE
by another two years following intelligence reports that
remnants of the Sri Lankan Tamil terror outfit were trying to
re-group in Tamil Nadu.

According to a notification issued by the Union Home
Ministry, even though LTTE had been "decimated in Sri Lanka,
recent reports reveal that remnant LTTE cadres and leaders are
regrouping in Tamil Nadu".

The outfit, which was espousing the cause of a
separate Tamil Eelam, was vanquished by the Sri Lankan
military in May last year.

The notification said the possibility of its remnant
cadres using India and especially Tamil Nadu as a rear base
for their re-grouping activities cannot be ruled out.

PTI

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