Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Ban on body born of ’04 naxal union

Ashwani Talwar/ K P Sai KiranFirst Published : 23 Jun 2009 02:12:00 AM ISTLast Updated :

NEW DELHI: The Centre on Monday declared the Communist Party of India–Maoist a terrorist organisation and imposed a ban on it.

Technically, the Centre didn’t really need to ban the CPI-Maoist as the People’s War Group and the Maoist Communist Centre, which came together in 2004 to form it, are proscribed organisations. The two groups along with their “formations and front organisations” are listed separately as terrorist organisations under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, now invoked to put the umbrella CPI-Maoist — the naxalite group that dominates Lalgarh in West Bengal — also in the same category.

Home Minister P Chidambaram said the latest notification was issued “to avoid any ambiguity”.
The CPI-Maoist “was already a terrorist organisation” under the Act, he said.

CPI-Maoist has been banned in several states under laws that state governments can invoke. The UAPA list to which CPI-Maoist is now added includes Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Toiba, Students Islamic Movement of India, Al Qaeda, LTTE, insurgent groups active in the north-east and even remnants of the Sikh insurgency, like Khalisatan Commando Force.

UAPA is a special law meant to make it easier to book members of a listed organisation, shut down its front outfits and cap its sources of funding.

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