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President bans National Thowheeth Jama’ath in Sri Lanka

Published Apr 28, 2019
Updated Apr 20, 2020

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has taken steps to ban two extremist Muslim organizations in the country in the wake of the Easter Sunday suicide bomb attacks on churches and hotels in the island.

The President under the Emergency Regulations has banned the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ), a jihadist group implicated in the April 21 bombings and the splinter group Jamathei Millathu Ibrahim (JMI) in Sri Lanka. “President Maithripala Sirisena, in terms of powers vested in him as the under Emergency Regulations No. 01 of 2019, has taken steps to ban the organizations National Thawheed Jammath (NTJ) and Jamathei Millathu Ibraheem (JMI) in Sri Lanka,” President’s Media Division said.

As such, all activities of those organizations as well as their property will be seized by the government. Steps are being taken to ban other extremist organizations operating in Sri Lanka, under Emergency Regulations, President’s Office said. [Colombo page Report]

Meanwhile iIn view of the prevailing security situation in Sri Lanka in the aftermath of terror attacks on 21 April 2019, Indian nationals intending to travel to Sri Lanka are advised not to undertake non-essential travel.

In case of those undertaking essential/emergency travels, they can contact the High Commission of India in Colombo or the Assistant High Commission in Kandy / Consulates in Hambantota and Jaffna in case of requirement of any assistance. The helpline numbers of the Indian High Commission are available on the Mission’s website.

The Government of Sri Lanka has beefed up the security in the country. A nation-wide emergency including night time curfew is in place at present which may also affect travel with in Sri Lanka. 

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