The Resistance Front

The Home Ministry of India has declared The Resistance Front (TRF), a front for the proscribed terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), as a terrorist organization under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

Background: Formation and Activities of TRF

  • The TRF was established in 2019 as a proxy outfit for the LeT and has been recruiting youth through online mediums for terrorist activities. The organization has also been involved in the propaganda of terror activities, recruitment of terrorists, infiltration of terrorists, and smuggling of weapons and narcotics from Pakistan into Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The TRF has been using social media platforms to incite people in Jammu and Kashmir to join terrorist outfits against the Indian state and has been carrying out psychological operations for this purpose.

Designation of TRF Commander as Terrorist

  • The TRF commander, Sheikh Sajjad Gul, has already been designated as a terrorist under the UAPA.
  • Impact on National Security and Sovereignty
  • The activities of the TRF are seen as detrimental to the national security and sovereignty of India.

Criminal Cases Against Against Against Against against TRF

  • Several cases have been registered against members and associates of the TRF in relation to the planning of killings of security force personnel and innocent civilians in Jammu and Kashmir, coordinating and transporting weapons to support proscribed terrorist organizations, and other crimes.

Designation as Banned Outfit under UAPA

  • As a result of these actions, the Central government has determined that the TRF is involved in terrorism and has participated in various acts of terrorism in India.
  • As such, the organization has been added to the list of banned outfits under the First Schedule of the UAPA, alongside the LeT.

The designation of the TRF as a terrorist organization under the UAPA highlights the ongoing threat of terrorism in India and the need for effective measures to address this issue. The actions of the TRF, including recruitment and propaganda efforts, pose a danger to national security and the safety of Indian citizens. The inclusion of the TRF in the list of banned outfits alongside the LeT serves as a warning to other potential terrorist organizations and as a means of preventing and combating terrorism in India.

Written by IAS POINT

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