Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said Manipur’s oldest militant group United National Liberation Front has signed a peace accord with the Centre. Shah said in an X (formerly Twitter) post, “A historic achievement achieved!!! The tireless efforts of the Modi government to establish lasting peace in the Northeast have added a new chapter of fulfillment with the signing of a peace agreement with the United National Liberation Front (UNLF) in New Delhi today.
The Home Minister tweeted, “UNLF, Manipur’s oldest valley-based armed group, has agreed to give up violence and join the mainstream. The Home Minister said, I welcome him to the democratic processes and wish him all the best for his journey on the path of peace and progress.
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The peace accord came days after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) banned the UNLF along with several other extremist organizations. The decision was taken after the Center felt that these organizations were indulging in attacks and killings on security forces, police and civilians in Manipur. -Involving activities prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India.
What is UNLF?
Founded on November 24, 1964, under the leadership of Ariyabam Samarendra Singh, the UNLF is the oldest Meitei insurgent group in the north-eastern state of Manipur. In the 70s and 80s, the group focused mainly on mobilization and recruitment. In 1990, it decided to launch an armed struggle for the ‘liberation’ of Manipur from India. In the same year, it formed an armed wing called the Manipur People’s Army (MPA).
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