Government declares The Resistance Front, TRF as a terrorist organisation

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Government declares The Resistance Front, TRF as a terrorist organisation

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has declared The Resistance Front (TRF) as a terrorist organisation under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967. 

An overview of the news

  • The Home Ministry's notification states that "the activities of the TRF are prejudicial to the national security and sovereignty of India."

  • As per the Home Ministry notification, The Resistance Front (TRF) is recruiting youth through online medium for furthering terrorist activities, recruiting terrorists, infiltrating terrorists and smuggling arms and narcotics from Pakistan into J&K.

  • The ministry also designated Sheikh Sajjad Gul, a commander of the TRF, as a terrorist under the Fourth Schedule of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967.

  • The government also designated Mohammad Amin alias Abu Khubaib, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir but currently lives in Pakistan as a terrorist.

  • For some years TRF was behind most of the attacks on civilians including Kashmiri Pandits and migrant workers as well as security forces in Kashmir.

The Resistance Front (TRF) 

  • TRF came into existence in the year 2019 as a proxy organisation of Lashkar-e-Taiba.

  • It is a banned terrorist organisation listed at serial number 5 of the first schedule under UAPA.

  • The TRF, an offshoot of the Lashkar led by Hafiz Saeed, was formed with the support of the Pakistan Army and the ISI.

  • It was formed in response to the abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir by India.

  • It is headed by TRF Commander Sheikh Sajjad Gul.

  • A large number of cases have been registered against members/associates of TRF related to planning to kill security force personnel and innocent civilians of J&K.

Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, (UAPA) 1967

  • It is a preventive detention Act aimed at preventing activities directed against the integrity and sovereignty of India. 

  • It was enacted by the Parliament in 1967.

  • Unlawful activity refers to any action taken by a person or association with the aim of disrupting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of India.

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