Sri Lanka bans NTJ, JMI groups responsible for heinous terror attacks

News Bharati    29-Apr-2019

Colombo, April 29: Mourning under the grief of the deadliest terror attack on Easter day, Sri Lankan government on Saturday took a major decision. President Maithripala Sirisena ordered a ban on National Thawheed Jammath (NTJ) and Jamathei Millathu Ibraheem (JMI), the groups responsible for last week's Easter Day attacks in the country that killed over 250 people.

Although the Islamic State claimed responsibility of the terror attacks, National Thawheed Jammath (NTJ) and Jamathei Millathu Ibraheem (JMI) played a vital role in these attacks. Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena's office in a statement said, "President of Sri Lanka 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) & Jamathei Millathu Ibraheem (JMI) in Sri Lanka after Easter blasts". 

Apart from this, the Sri Lankan government has also approved a compensation package for those impacted by the terror attacks. The cabinet of Sri Lanka has approved Sri Lankan Rs 1 million to the next of the kin of those who died or anyone suffering lifetime disability and Sri Lankan Rs 500,000 for those who suffered injuries.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs on Saturday issued a travel advisory for Indian nationals to Sri Lanka and directed people "not to undertake non-essential travel". The MEA, in a release, stated that those who would need to travel to the neighbouring country and are not in a situation to avoid it can contact the High Commission of India in Colombo.