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Updated: May 14, 2010 17:44 IST

Ban on LTTE extended by two years

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In this file photo a soldier stands guard in an abandoned building, as the logo of the LTTE is seen in the background at Mullaittivu, Sri Lanka. The Centre on Friday extended the ban on the LTTE by another two years.
AP In this file photo a soldier stands guard in an abandoned building, as the logo of the LTTE is seen in the background at Mullaittivu, Sri Lanka. The Centre on Friday extended the ban on the LTTE by another two years.

The government on Friday extended the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam by another two years following intelligence reports that remnants of the Sri Lankan Tamil terror outfit were trying to regroup in Tamil Nadu.

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

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

It also said the possibility of their entering in the guise of Tamil refugees also cannot be ruled out.

Sources said LTTE sympathisers were posing a security threat by continuing to spread anti-India propaganda on the Internet accusing the Indian leadership and its officialdom of being responsible for their defeat.

They said activities of certain remnant cadres have been noticed in Tamil Nadu and a extension of ban on LTTE was required.

As per the procedure, the notification will now reach a Tribunal, which has to ratify it.

The group-led by V. Prabakaran had been proscribed as a terrorist organisation by several countries including the United States.

The LTTE was involved in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in May 1991 following which it was banned in India in 1992.

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