The Sri Lankan government has banned 11 radical Islamic organizations, including the Islamic State and al Qaeda, for their involvement in extremist activities in the country. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa issued a special gazette notification imposing a ban on fundamentalist organizations under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.
According to the notification, anyone who breaks the law or participates in a conspiracy can expect a sentence of 10 to 20 years in jail. Local Muslim groups, such as the Sri Lanka Islamic Students Movement, are among the banned organizations.
The Sri Lankan government prohibited the local jihadist group National Tauheed Jamaat and two other organizations after a suicide attack on Easter in 2019. The panel, constituted by the President, recommended a ban on Muslim rebel organizations that advocate radicalism in a Buddhist-majority country.
The Indian Navy ship INS Rannvijay rendered a three-day goodwill visit to Sri Lanka as part of efforts to improve maritime and security cooperation between the two countries. According to the Indian High Commission, India and Sri Lanka have a long history of defense and security cooperation.
The ship’s journey is another step toward closer maritime and security cooperation between the two neighbors. INS Rannavjia is a submarine-piercing warship capable of carrying guided-missile destroyers. Captain Narayan Hariharan, according to the news agency, is in charge of the ship.
On Thursday, he will consult with Rear Admiral WDEM Sudarshan, the Western Naval Zone’s regional commander, and pay a visit to the Indian Peacekeeping Memorial. The IPKF served the war-torn northern and eastern regions of Sri Lanka between 1987 and 1990 under the Indo-Sri Lanka Agreement.