New Delhi: On Thursday, the Centre extended the ban on insurgent outfit United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) for five years to continue subversive activities including killings, kidnappings and extortions.
In a notification, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that ULFA was indulging in illegal and violent activities that disrupts the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India in furtherance of its objective of “liberating” Assam.
With regard to the powers conferred by the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the government declared the ULFA and all its wings as “unlawful association”. MHA said “The government, having regard to the activities of ULFA, and to meet the sustained and ever-increasing violence committed by ULFA in the recent past against police, armed forces and civilians, is of the opinion that circumstances exist which render it necessary to declare ULFA to be an unlawful association with immediate effect”.
MHA further said that around seventy incidents of violence, either individually or in alliance with other insurgent groups of North East Region during the period from January 1, 2015 to July 31, 2019, killing of thirty-two persons from January 1,2015 to July 31, 2019 and kidnapping of six persons from January 1, 2015 to July 31, 2019 have been recorded.