Govt bans Al Badr, JuM under POTA
1 April 2002
The Times of India
New Delhi: Al Badr and Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen, Pakistan-based militant outfits operating in Jammu and Kashmir, were on Monday declared terrorist organisations under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pota) with immediate effect. With the addition of these two outfits in the list of those proscribed under the earlier ordinance (Poto), takes the total number of such organisations to 27. The Centre has declared Al Badr and Jamiat-ul-Mujahedeen as terrorist organisations under POTA 2002 with immediate effect, a Home Ministry spokesman said. According to official sources, the terrorist organisations ''banned under section 18 of the POTO'' include Lashkar-e-Toiba, Hizbul Mujahedeen, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Al Umar Mujahedeen (all from Jammu and Kashmir), United Liberation Front of Asom, National Democratic Front of Bodoland, People''s Liberation Army, National Liberation Front of Tripura (all from northeast), Babbar Khalsa, Khalistan Commando Force (Punjab), People''s War Group and Deendar Anjuman. The bill to replace the Poto was passed at a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament on March 26.