Tamil Nadu Liberation Army

Tamil Nadu Liberation Army (TNLA) was a small militant separatist group in India. It sought 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 1 September 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 fell into disarray and 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 5 September 2007.
  2. ^ "Tamil Nadu Police, Policy Note - 2006 - 2007, Demand No. 22". Home Department, Government of Tamil Nadu. Archived from the original on 18 July 2007. Retrieved 5 September 2007.
  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 12 August 2007. Retrieved 5 September 2007.