The Union Home Ministry on Tuesday banned the Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen (TuM) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for its alleged involvement in a series of terror acts. Set up in 1990s, TuM claims that it has been been fighting for “liberation of Kashmir”.
In a notification, the ministry said the central government believes that TuM is involved in terrorism as it has committed and participated in various acts of terrorism in India and its members are getting financial as well as logistic support from their handlers based abroad.
The TuM came into existence in 1990 with the objective of “liberation of Kashmir” and has been actively pursuing it by way of acts of terror, the ministry said. “Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 35 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, the central government hereby makes the following further amendments in the First Schedule to the said Act, namely:- In the First Schedule to the said Act, after serial number 40 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial number and entries shall be inserted, namely:- ‘41. Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen (TuM) and all its manifestations’,” it said.
TuM has carried out many terrorist attacks and subversive acts such as grenade attacks, weapon snatching and supporting other terrorist outfits like the Hizb-Ul-Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba in terms of financial and logistic support in the recent past, the notification said.
The terror group has also been engaged in radicalisation of youth for terrorist activities in India, it added. The notification said a number of cases have been registered by Jammu and Kashmir Police in the recent past in which TuM has been found to have played a major role, and a number of its cadre have been arrested. In the cases, it was also found that the group is running terrorist training centres for Kashmiri youth and is likely to recruit more youth from the Jammu and Kashmir, the notification said.