Al-Qaeda declared terrorist outfit under POTA
8 April 2002
The Daily Excelsior
New Delhi: The Centre today declared Osama bin Ladenís outfit, Al Qaeda, as a terrorist organisation with immediate effect. The declaration was made under the provisions of the newly-enacted Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA), an official spokesman said. With the inclusion of Al Qaeda, the total number of terrorist outfits falling under the POTA has risen to 28. The Centre had on April one included two Pakistan-based militant organisations operating in Jammu and Kashmir, Al Badr and Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen, under the list of terrorist outfits under POTA. The inclusion of these organisations in the list would empower the Government to operate against those elements and militants owing allegiance to them under the provisions of POTA, the sources said. The terrorist organisations listed under POTA also 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, Peopleís Liberation Army, National Liberation Front of Tripura (all from Northeast), Babbar Khalsa, Khalistan Commando Force (Punjab), the CPI(ML) Peopleís War faction and Deendar Anjuman charged with Coimbatore blasts. POTA which was passed at a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament on March 26, was given assent by President K R Narayanan a few days later and had come into force with immediate effect. POTA, which seeks to deal with heinous crimes like subversion, insurgency and terrorism, replaced the prevention of terrorism ordinance first promulgated in October last year and re-promulgated in December.