Liberation Tigers Of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)

Why is it in News?

The Union government on 14th May renewed its 2014 notification for another 5 years to declare the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as an “unlawful association” for violent and disruptive activities that are detrimental to the integrity and sovereignty of the nation.

About the Organisation:

  • LTTE continues to escalate the anti-India feeling amongst the Sri Lankan Tamils by blaming the Government of India for the defeat of the LTTE which is likely to affect VVIP security negatively in India, through articles in the internet portals,
  • In May 1991, former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by an LTTE suicide bomber during an election rally in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu.
  • In May 2009, after its military defeat in Sri Lanka, the LTTE had not renounced the concept of ‘Eelam’ (separate land for Tamils) and had been secretly and illicitly working towards it by undertaking fund-raising and propaganda activities.
  • The LTTE’s objective for a separate homeland (Tamil Eelam) for all Tamils threatened the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India and amounted to cession and secession of a part of the territory of India from the Union and thus fell within the bounds of unlawful activities.