Government extends Ban on SIMI for Five more Years; says It has potential to create communal disharmony

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The Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) which has been allegedly involved in a series of ‘unlawful activities’ and terror acts in the nation has been banned by the Union Government for 5 more years. ‘The Central Government hereby declares the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) as an “unlawful association.” said Union Home Ministry as quoted by ANI.

According to the Home Ministry, Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) had the potential to create communal disharmony, and its activities were prejudicial to the security of the country. Last time it was banned in 2014 by the previous Government (UPA-II), a ban has been extended for another 5 years.

Centre Government opinion that if the unlawful activities of the SIMI are not curbed and controlled immediately, it will take the opportunity to – (i) continue its subversive activities and re-organise its activists who are still absconding; (ii) disrupt secular fabric of the country by polluting the minds of the people by creating communal disharmony; (iii) propagate anti-national sentiments; (iv) escalate secessionism by supporting militancy;& (v) undertake activities prejudicial to integrity & security of the country.

The Home Ministry in its notification that was issued on January 31st also listed 58 cases where SIMI members are allegedly involved.

SIMI is an Islamist organisation that was formed in Aligarh. The outfit’s mission was to liberate India from Western materialistic cultural influence and convert it into an Islamic state. The central government had declared SIMI as an unlawful association first on September 27, 2001, before extending the ban in 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and last on February 1, 2014.

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