32 organisations banned as terror outfits in India: Govt

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New Delhi, Apr 30 (UNI) The Government has banned 32 organisations, including Lashker-e-Toiba and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as terrorists outfits in the country.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal said a number of these outfits have their camps in neighbouring countries or have external linkages and have been involved in acts of terror in different parts of the country.

All these outfits have been banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967 as amended in 2004, he added.

He said 400 terrorists were arrested in Jammu and Kashmir during 2007 against 429 in 2006, 1837 from the North East in 2006 compared to 1406 in 2007 and 1240 from naxal-affected states in 2006 and 1448 during 2007.

''Besides, during 2006 and 2007 more than 250 militants are reported to have been arrested in the hinterland,'' he added.

The other outfits include Jaish-e-Mohammed, Hizbul Mujahideen, Jammu and Kashmir Islamic Front, Al-Umar Mujahideen, People's Liberation Army, SIMI, Al badr and Al-Qaida.

To another question, Mr Jaiswal said to strengthen the states' capabilities to meet challenges to internal security the Ministry has released aid of Rs 669.31 crore for modernisation of police force, Rs 369.64 crore for Special Assistance to states, Rs 15 crore for Reserve Battalions during 2007-08.

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