Britain has banned Indian Mujahideen (IM),making it a criminal offence to join and support the group which has carried out indiscriminate mass casualty attacks in India and posed a threat to British nationals there.
British MPs in the House of Commons voted unanimously Wednesday night to add IM to a list of 47 organisations banned from functioning in the UK. The House of Lords was scheduled to discuss the issue late Thursday.
Indian Mujahideen is a terrorist organisation which has carried out a number of indiscriminate mass casualty attacks in India since 2007. It uses violence to achieve its stated objectives of establishing an Islamic state in India and implementing Sharia law, said Home Secretary Theresa May. Proscribing IM sends a clear message that we condemn its activities and enables the UK to demonstrate our commitment to counter terrorism to our international partners.
Setting out the reasons for proscribing IM,Home Office Minister James Brokenshire said the decision was not taken lightly but after thoroughly reviewing all information and evidence about the group. The organisation has also publicly threatened to attack British tourists,so they clearly pose a threat to British nationals in India, he said.
The minister noted that IM was also banned in the US and New Zealand. India banned IM in 2010,claiming it was linked to the Lashkar-e-Toiba and involved in the attack on a Pune bakery.
Labour leader Keith Vaz,whose Leicester East constituency has the highest number of Indian origin people in the country,said he was not aware of IM functioning in the United Kingdom.