The Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) which was formed in Aligarh in April 1977 was banned by the Indian Government in 2001, designating it as a terrorist organisation, shortly after the 9/11 attacks. A notification of the Ministry of Home Affairs issued on 31st January 2019 extended the ban on SIMI for five more years on the grounds of threat to national security and continuance of subversive activities if not controlled. The notification came into force on 1st February 2019. The notification said, “Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-sections (1) and (3) of Section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, the central government hereby declares the SIMI as an “unlawful association” and directs that this notification shall, subject to any order that may be made under section 4 of the said Act, have effect for a period of five years.” 58 cases were listed by the Home Ministry where members belonging to the SIMI were allegedly involved, including cases of blasts, harbouring terrorists, killing of police officials, jailbreaks etc. The Government said that the organization was prejudicial to the security and integrity of the nation and was propagating anti-national sentiments.
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