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MHA designates two outfits as terror organisations under UAPA

  • Published
    18th Feb, 2023
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The Central Government declared two organization as terrorist organizations under the provisions of the UAPA

The Terrorist Organization

  • Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF): It is a militant outfit and it aims to revive terrorism in Punjab and challenges the territorial integrity, unity, national security and sovereignty of India and promotes various acts of terrorism, including targeted killings in Punjab.
  • Jammu and Kashmir Ghaznavi Force (JKGF): It has been found involved in infiltration bids, narcotics and weapon smuggling and carrying out terror attacks in the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • It draws its cadres from various terrorist organisations, such as Lashker-E-Taiba, Jaish-E-Mohammed, Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen, Harkat-ul—Jehad-E-Islami etc.

With this, now there are 54 designated terrorists and 44 designated terrorist organisations under the Ist Schedule of the UAPA.

How does the government declare a terrorist organisation?

  • In furtherance to India’s Zero Tolerance policy towards terrorism, the Central Government amended the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in August 2019 to include the provision of designating an individual as terrorist. 
  • Prior to this amendment, only organizations could be designated as terrorist organization.

Government measures to curb terrorism 

  • Constitution of a Countering Financing of Terrorism Cell (CFT Cell) in the Ministry of Home Affairs
  • Constitution of a Terror Funding and Fake Currency Cell in the National Investigation Agency
  • India organised the third ‘No Money For Terror’ Ministerial Conference in New Delhi.
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