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Britain set to put Indian Mujahideen on terror list
Dipankar De Sarkar, Hindustan Times
London, July 06, 2012
First Published: 00:46 IST(6/7/2012)
Last Updated: 00:50 IST(6/7/2012)

Britain is set to ban the Indian Mujahideen (IM), making it a criminal offence to join and support the Lashkar-e-Taiba-backed terror group that carried out "indiscriminate mass casualty attacks" in India and "posed a threat" to British nationals there.

The lower house of parliament voted unanimously for the ban on Wednesday after security minister James Brokenshire told the House of Commons that the outfit "has frequently perpetrated attacks against civilian targets".

The decision to put the IM on Britain's list of 47 banned groups will be formalised after the House of Lords - the upper house of parliament - votes on it.

The move was welcomed by the Labour Party's shadow home office minister Diana Johnson, who said the group was behind "some of the most appalling acts of terrorism in recent years".

Brokenshire said the IM wants India to become an Islamic state, governed under Islamic laws.

"We believe there is ample evidence that the IM is concerned in terrorism."

Besides India, the IM is also banned in America and New Zealand.

According to the British government, the IM is responsible for the May 2008 bomb explosions in Jaipur that killed 63 people and the September 2011 blast outside the Delhi high court, which killed 12 and injured 65.


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