Centre bans Kashmir outfit

The Union Home Ministry has banned the Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen (TuM) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for promoting terrorism and radicalising and recruiting youth for terrorist activities in India. Set up in the 1990s, TuM claims to be fighting for the “liberation of Kashmir,” the Ministry said in a notification announcing the ban. “The TuM carried out a number of terrorist attacks besides subversive acts, namely grenade attacks, weapons snatching incidents, supporting other terrorist outfits such as Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HuM), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), etc. in terms of financial and logistic support in the recent past,” the Ministry said. Last year, eight TuM men were killed in various operations by security forces. Mostly, well-educated and belonging to urban settlements, the “gang” members had carried out grenade attacks on checkpoints and snatched weapons from security forces in the past. The TuM is headed by Jamil-ur-Rehman of Lajora in Pulwama. The Ministry said the Jammu and Kashmir Police had in the recent past registered a number of cases, in which it found that the TuM had played a major role in the commission of terrorist acts and a number of its cadres had been arrested. “TuM is running terrorist training centres for Kashmiri youth and is likely to recruit more youth from Jammu and Kashmir; The members of TuM are getting financial and logistic support from their handlers based abroad,” the Ministry said. “The Central government believes that TuM is involved in terrorism as it has committed and participated in various acts of terrorism in India,” it added. TuM response A TuM spokesman said the ban would be used as an “election plank” by the Modi government. He said the resolution of Kashmir issue was in India’s interest. “It should resolve this issue in the light of UN resolutions. This way this country can get over poverty and hunger,” the spokesperson said.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/centre-bans-kashmir-outfit/article26198727.ece

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