December 2004 News

32 Kashmiri Groups Labelled Terror Outfits

22 December 2004
The Nation

New Delhi: India labelled 32 separatist groups Wednesday as terror outfits that target Indian troops and officials from hideouts in Kashmir to camps along the eastern border in Bangladesh. 'The government has notified 32 prominent organisations and groups as terrorist organisations operating mainly in Held Kashmir, northeast and Maoist-affected states,' junior Home Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal told Parliament. 'Some of these groups have hideouts in the hinterland or higher reaches of hills, which they keep changing,' Jaiswal said and named Kashmiri groups Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e- Mohammed as some of the 'prominent' outfits. Some of the organisations in northeastern Indian states were being funded by some foreign countries, Jaiswal said without elaborating. S. Reghupathy, another Junior Home Minister, accused Bangladesh of sheltering rebel groups operating in some of India's seven northeastern states. 'Indian insurgent groups have set up their training camps, hideouts or shelters in the territory of Bangladesh for subversive activities against India,' the minister said in Parliament's Upper House. Both the United States and Pakistan have banned the Lashkar and Jaish-e-Mohammed groups. Tens of thousands have also died in violence linked to various separatist campaigns in the northeast since India's independence in 1947.


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