New Delhi, Feb 7: The Government today decided to extend the ban on the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) for its anti-national activities. The Cabinet Committee on Security decided to ban the organisation for indulging in acts of terrorism and anti-national activities. SIMI has been banned for clandestine activities and links with many terror organisations through which it was allegedly operating.
SIMI was earlier banned by the Home ministry by notification dated February 2006 for the third time. It was first banned on September 27, 2001 immediately after the bombing of twin towers of the World Trade Centre at New York, US, on September 11. SIMI remained banned from September 27, 2001 to September 27, 2003 during which period several prosecutions were launched against its members under the provisions of Terrorist And Disruptive Activities Prevention Act (TADA), the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), and the Unlawful Activities Preventions Act 1967. In fact, the second ban of SIMI on September 9, 2003 came to an end on September 27, 2005.