Centre extends ban on LTTE

Prelims level : Indo- Srilanka Relations. Mains level : Why and how did india get into Srilana’s LTTE problem during SL’s Civil War? Eloborate.
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  • The Home Ministry extended ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, LTTE in India for a further period of five years.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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