TAMIL NADU

Government bans extremist group

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The State Government has declared the Communist Party of India (Maoist) an unlawful association since "there is every likelihood that cadres of this organisation will indulge in activities prejudicial to public peace in this State."

It declared the CPI (Maoist) an "unlawful association" under the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 1908.

"It was also decided to address the Government of India to include the Communist Party of India (Maoist) in the list of terrorist organisations banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 2004," a press release said.

An order to this effect was issued on July 12 after a review meeting on July 11.

"This outfit is also found to be interfering with the administration of law and order, thereby constituting a danger to public peace. The Communist Party of India (Maoist) through its seditious literature, wall writing, posters and pamphlets has been inciting and encouraging its members to use criminal force and violence against the government machinery and calling upon the working class to participate in a violent struggle to establish the dictatorship of the proletariat. These posters appeared at various places in Madurai city, Thiruvallur and Dharmapuri districts," the release said.

Handwritten wall posters had appeared on December 5 last at Arakkonam Railway station, Bazaar Street, Suvalpettai, Arakkonam and Vellore announcing the merger of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), People's War and the Maoist Communist Centre of India to form the CPI (Maoist).

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