NEW DELHI, Nov 28 - The Centre has extended the ban on outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) along with all its factions, wings and front organisations as an unlawful association.
Official sources said a gazette notification to this effect was issued on Wednesday. The Central government is of the opinion that circumstances exist which render it necessary to declare the ULFA to be an unlawful association with immediate effect, it said.
The notification said the ULFA and its various factions, wings and fronts has professed �liberation� of Assam from the Indian Union through armed struggle in alliance with other secessionist organisations of the northeastern region and the organisation has indulged in various illegal and violent activities intended to disrupt the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India.
If there is no immediate curb and control on the unlawful activities of the ULFA, �it may take the opportunity to mobilise its cadres for escalating its secessionist, subversive and violent activities; openly propagate anti-national activities in collusion with forces inimical to India�s sovereignty and national integrity; indulge in killings of civilians and targeting of police and security forces personnel; procure and induct more illegal arms and ammunition from across the border; extort and collect funds and illegal taxes from the public for its unlawful activities,� it said.
During the period from January 1, 2015 to July 31 this year, the ULFA has killed 32 people � 25 civilians and seven security forces personnel, and kidnapped six persons, the notification mentioned. Further, during the same period, the outfit has also indulged in a spate of extortions and secessionist activities, endangering the lives of innocent citizens, in addition to acts of kidnapping for ransom.