Tamil Nadu Liberation Army

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Not to be confused with Tamil National Liberation Alliance.

Tamil Nadu Liberation Army (TNLA) is a small militant separatist movement in India. It seeks an independent nation for the Tamil people, and first appeared in the 1980s, when the Indian Peacekeeping Force (IPKF) was sent to Sri Lanka. It had its roots in the Naxalite movement, and was headed by Thamizharasan, an engineering student from Ponparappi village.[1] TNLA was involved in minor bomb blasts, murders and looting banks. On September 1, 1987, the people of Ponparappi village lynched Thamizharasan and four of his associates, when they attempted to rob a bank.[1] After his death, the group is believed to have splintered into factions. TNLA was banned by the Tamil Nadu State Government,[2] and also by the Union Government on the recommendation of the State Government. It has been declared a terrorist organisation by the Government of India.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Tamil Nadu Liberation Army (TNLA)". South Asian Terrorism Portal. Retrieved 2007-09-05. 
  2. ^ "Tamil Nadu Police, Policy Note - 2006 - 2007, Demand No. 22". Home Department, Government of Tamil Nadu. Archived from the original on 2007-07-18. Retrieved 2007-09-05. 
  3. ^ "List of organisations declared as terrorist organisations under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967". Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. Archived from the original on 2007-08-12. Retrieved 2007-09-05.