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Government extends ban on SIMI for another five years

NEW DELHI: The centre has extended the ban on Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for a some other five years.

In a notification issued on January 31, the home ministry said that the central government used to be of the opinion that if the illegal actions of the SIMI are not curbed and regulated instantly, it's going to take the opportunity to continue its subversive actions and re-organise its activists who're nonetheless absconding. It can even disrupt the secular material of the country via polluting the minds of the folks via developing communal disharmony; propagate anti-national sentiments; escalate secessionism via supporting militancy and undertake actions which might be prejudicial to the integrity and security of the country.

"The central government is also of the opinion that having regard to the activities of the SIMI, it is necessary to declare the SIMI to be an unlawful association with immediate effect; Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-sections (1) and (3) of section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (37 of 1967), the central government hereby declares the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) as an "illegal affiliation" and directs that this notification shall, subject to any order that may be made under section 4 of the said Act, have effect for a period of five years from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette," stated the notification.

The central government had declared SIMI as an illegal affiliation first on September 27, 2001, ahead of extending the ban in 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and closing on February 1, 2014.

The latest notification lists 58 circumstances of clean circumstances filed since 2014 against SIMI activists, apart from conviction of other individuals related to SIMI in numerous previous circumstances.

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