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Centre extends ban on LTTE for 5 years

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The Home Ministry today issued a fresh notification extending ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, LTTE in India for a further period of five years.

The notification said, Government of India under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 declares the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as an Unlawful Association.

LTTE was banned in India after the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991.

 

The gazette notification noted that LTTE was an association based in Sri Lanka, but having its supporters, sympathizers and agents in India and that its objective for a separate homeland Tamil Eelam for all Tamils threatened the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India for the Union and thus, fell within the ambit of unlawful activity.

It said, LTTE, even after its military defeat in May 2009 in Sri Lanka, has not abandoned the concept of Eelam and has been clandestinely working towards the Eelam cause by undertaking fundraising and propaganda activities in Europe.

The remnant LTTE leaders or cadres have also initiated efforts to regroup the scattered activists and resurrect the outfit locally and internationally.

It added that the Tamil chauvinist groups and pro-LTTE groups continued to foster a separatist tendency amongst the masses and enhance the support base for LTTE in India and particularly in Tamil Nadu.

The notification also mentioned that the Diaspora continued to spread through articles in the Internet portals, the anti-India feeling amongst the Sri Lankan Tamils by holding Government of India responsible for the defeat of the LTTE.

It said, such propaganda through the Internet, which remains continued, is likely to impact VVIP security adversely in India.

The Home Ministry justified the extension of ban stating that the Central Government has information that the activities of the LTTE remnant cadres, dropouts, sympathisers, supporters who have been traced out recently in the State of Tamil Nadu suggest that the cadres sent to Tamil Nadu would ultimately be utilised by the LTTE for unlawful activities.


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Restrictions in Old City tomorrow, classwork to remain suspended in schools, colleges in Kashmir

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Srinagar, May 23: Authorities today said that class work in all schools and colleges in Kashmir will remain suspended tomorrow in view of the killing of militant commander Zakir Musa in Pulwama’s Dadsara.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan told Kashmir News Service (KNS) that classwork in all schools and colleges will remained suspended in Kashmir.

The decision of the authorities follows in the wake of reported killing of militant commander Zakir Musa in an encounter with security forces in Dadsara Tral in Pulwama district Thursday evening.

 

SSP Srinagar Dr Haseeb Mughal told that restrictions will be put in place in Downtown area of Srinagar.

He said that reports of imposing curfew in Srinagar are baseless

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Zakir Musa killed in Tral gunfight: Reports

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Srinagar, May 23: Chief of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind Zakir Musa has been killed in a gunfight in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday evening.

The officials in Kashmir are, however, yet to confirm the killing of Musa, the chief of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind Hind, an affiliate of Al-Qaeda.

Sources said a gunfight erupted at Dadsara village in the Tral sub district after joint teams of forces launched a cordon and search operation after an input about presence of militants in a house.

 


“As the searches were carried, at around 7.15 pm militants opened fire which was retaliated triggering a gunfight. In the ensuing gunfight a militant was killed,” the sources said. They identified the slain militant as Zakir Musa.

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Gunfight breaks out in Dadsara Tral

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Srinagar, May 23 : Gunfight raged between security forces and militants in forests of Batipora area of Dadsara Tral in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

An official told KNO that on specific inputs about the presence of militants, a joint team of forces including 42 RR launched search operation in the area.

On intensifying search operation towards suspected spot, hiding militants fired upon forces triggered encounter, he said.

 

As per sources, two to three militants of Zakir Moosa lead group are believed to be trapped

Meanwhile, the mobile internet services have been snapped in Police district Awantipora as precautionary measure.

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