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LTTE still a threat to India's sovereignty
says Indian Home Ministry Notification
India News Today, 28 May 2004
The activities of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) continues to pose threat to, and are detrimental to, the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India as also public order, according to a notification issued recently by the Union Home Ministry, extending the ban on the outfit.
The notification which was republished by the Tamilnadu government on 20 May said it is necessary to declare the LTTE an unlawful association because of its continued violent and disruptive activities prejudicial to the integrity and sovereignty of India and its strong anti-India posture besides posing a grave threat to the security of Indian nationals.
Enquiries on the activities of the LTTE cadres and dropouts who have been traced out recently in Tamilnadu suggest that the cadres sent to Tamilnadu would ultimately be utilised by the LTTE for unlawful activities, the notification said.
The activities of pro-LTTE organisations and individuals have come to notice in India, despite the ban in force and attempts have been made by these forces to extend their support to the LTTE, the notification observed.
Besides, the LTTE continues to be an extremely potent, most lethal and well-organised terrorist force in Sri Lanka and has strong connections in Tamilnadu and certain pockets of southern India. The LTTE continues to use Tamilnadu as the base for carrying out smuggling of essential items like petrol and diesel, besides drugs to Sri Lanka.
Apart from the above reasons, the Central government also felt that the LTTE leaders have been cynical of India's policy on their outfit and reaction of the State manchinery in curbing their activities. The resolution passed in the Tamilnadu State Assembly to extradite the LTTE leader V Prabhakaran, evoked strong criticism from pro-LTTE elements in India and in Sri Lanka, the notification pointed out.
The LTTE's objective for a separate homeland (Tamil Eelam) for all Tamils threatens the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India, and amounts to ceding a part of the territory of India and thus fall within the ambit of an unlawful activity.
The turbulence in Sri Lanka is being exploited by pro-LTTE forces to draw support for the LTTE and its cause by taking out processions, demonstrations etc, in spite of the ban, causing disquiet and threat to the security of Tamilnadu.
Most of the criminal cases involving the LTTE and pro-LTTE groups like Tamil National Retrieval Troops (TNRT), Tamilnadu Liberation Army (TNLA) and Tamilar Pasarai, have ended in conviction but the Tamil Eelam concept still remains as a goal among the pro-LTTE groups in Tamilnadu, the notification added