SIMI banned for five more years

Published - February 01, 2019 10:00 pm IST - New Delhi

The Home Ministry office at North Block in New Delhi. File

The Home Ministry office at North Block in New Delhi. File

The Ministry of Home Affairs extended by five more years the ban on the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).

In a notification issued on Thursday, the Ministry said the SIMI was declared an “unlawful association” under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

It said that if the unlawful activities of the SIMI were not curbed and controlled immediately, it would take the opportunity to “continue its subversive activities and re-organise its activists who are still absconding; disrupt the secular fabric of the country by polluting the minds of the people by creating communal disharmony; propagate anti-national sentiments; escalate secessionism by supporting militancy; and undertake activities prejudicial to the integrity and security of the country.”

The notification said it was necessary to declare the SIMI an unlawful association with immediate effect in exercise of the powers from sub-sections (1) and (3) of Section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

SIMI was first banned in 2001.

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