Thursday, April 28, 2005

Naxalites aka CPI(Maoist) in the US list of terrorist outfits

US names Al-Mansoorian, ULFA, CPI(Maoist) as terrorist outfits

April 28, 2005 20:40 IST
Last Updated: April 28, 2005 23:01 IST

Taking forward the Indo-US cooperation to counter terrorism, the US has put Al-Mansoorian, a shadow outfit of the Lashker-e-Taiba operating in Jammu and Kashmir, Assam's outlawed insurgent group United Liberation Front of Asom and Naxal group Communist Party of India (Maoist) in the list of terrorist outfits.

While Al-Mansoorian has been categorised as Foreign Terrorist Organisation, which will enable authorities to seal the properties of the outfit, ULFA and the CPI (Maoist) were put in the list of Other Selected Terrorist Organisation, which are to be kept under watch.

Releasing its report '2004 Country Reports on Terrorism' on Wednesday, the US State Department expanded the description of the LeT, already banned in December 2000, by adding its various names, including Al-Mansoorian, in the FTO list.

Pasban-e-Ahle-Hadit, Pasban-e-Ahlehadis, Army of Pure, The Army of Pure and Righteous -- all of them are shadow outfits of Lashker -- have also been included in the list.

The report said the elements of Lashker and Jaish-e-Mohammed combined with other groups to mount attacks in Jammu and Kashmir under the name of 'Save Kashmir Movement'.

Almost all Lashker members are Pakistani from madrasas across Pakistan and Afghan war veterans, the report said.

It also named ULFA in the OSTO list, as it has been continuously been targeting civilians. Groups on this list are terrorist organisations that do not target the national security of the US or its citizens.

It took note of ULFA's alleged use of extortion to finance military training and weapons purchases. The report said the outfit might have linkages with other ethnic insurgent groups active in neighbouring states, and receives aid from "unknown external sources".

With regard to Naxalites, the report said primary Naxalite groups took steps towards consolidation by combining to form the Communist Party of India (Maoist).

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