Union Government extended Ban on LTTE for five years

May 16, 2014 11:11 IST

The Union Home Ministry on 14 May 2014 extended the ban imposed on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in India for five more years. The five year ban extension came into effect from the day of notification. Earlier the ban was imposed on LTTE in May 2012.

India banned the terror outfit, LTTE after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, the former Prime Minister of India in 1991. It declared LTTE an unlawful association under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. The terror outfit LTTE was banned because India fears that  the objective of LTTE for a separate homeland (Tamil Eelam) for all Tamils threatened the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India as it has supporters and sympathizers in India also.

About Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was a separatist militant organisation based in northern part of Sri Lanka and was founded in 1976 by Velupillai Prabhakaran. LTTE was formed with an aim to create an independent state in the north and east of Sri Lanka for Tamil People. Later in 1983, the LTTE campaign evolved as the Sri Lankan Civil war and lasted till 2009. The Eelam War IV came to an end after killing of its chief Prabhakaran by Sri Lankan military on 18 May 2009.

Apart from Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination in 1991, LTTE also carried the assassination of Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa in 1993.

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