India Extends LTTE ban

India has extended the ban on the LTTE by another two years, Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram has said.

He said that in a vide notification dated 14.5.2012, the LTTE was declared to be an ‘Unlawful Association’ for a period of two years, under the provisions of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

The LTTE was first outlawed in India in 1992 under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, a year after the rebels assassinated former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. Since then, the ban has been extended every two years.

Last month MDMK General Secretary Vaiko, a staunch eupporter of the LTTE, argued before the Madras High Court that the ban on LTTE imposed by Indian government, should be lifted.

He said there was no basis in the Centre’s contention that the LTTE posed a threat to India’s unity and integrity, and that it was banned as it wanted to form a separate Tamil Eelam by including Tamil Nadu in it.