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LTTE’s unlawful activity still on, Centre tells tribunal

[Hindu, Monday, 1 November 2010 20:07 No Comment]

There is enough material on record for extending the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for another two years from May 14, 2010 under the provisions of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the Centre maintained on Monday.

Additional Solicitor-General A.S. Chandhikok made this submission before Justice Vikramajit Sen of the Delhi High Court, who constitutes the one-man tribunal hearing arguments on the validity of the notification extending the ban.

The ASG read out material to show that LTTE leaders, operatives and supporters had been inimically opposed to India’s policy on their organisation, and the outfit continued its unlawful activities, using remnant cadres as well as local smugglers and pro-LTTE operatives for procuring explosives, detonators, chemicals and ammunition.

Various cases registered against LTTE cadres, sympathisers and agents under the Act and other provisions of law would amply prove that the outfit, though based in Sri Lanka, had sympathisers, supporters and agents in India to carry out unlawful acts for the organisation, he pointed out.

Support

Clandestine support was being extended to the LTTE by Sri Lankan Tamils who entered India in the guise of refugees and indulged in smuggling of even narcotic drugs to raise money for their activities.

“The possibilities of these remnant cadres using India, especially Tamil Nadu, as a rear base for the re-grouping activities thus cannot be ruled out” as some LTTE cadres interdicted recently had clandestinely sailed into the country.

“The possibility of their entering India through the sea route and [with] genuine documents in the guise of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees cannot be ruled out.”

The ASG also drew the Tribunal’s attention to the support being extended to the LTTE by various groups, conducting public meetings, processions and demonstrations which were against the sovereignty, security and integrity of the nation and intended to cause disharmony among its various sections of people.

Through articles on Internet portals “the diaspora continue to spread anti-India feeling amongst Sri Lankan Tamils by holding the top Indian political leaders and bureaucrats responsible for the defeat of the LTTE [in the war with the Sri Lankan government]. Such propaganda through the Internet is likely to impact VVIP security adversely in India.”

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