Manipur’s oldest armed group UNLF agrees to give up violence, signs peace deal

Manipur banned armed group UNLF: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday (November 29) said that the UNLF, the oldest armed group in Manipur, has agreed to give up violence and join the mainstream. He told that UNLF has signed a peace agreement.

Home Minister Shah shared some pictures on his X handle and said, “A historic achievement has been achieved! A new chapter has been added to the Modi government’s tireless efforts to establish lasting peace in the Northeast as the United National Liberation Front (UNLF) signed a peace agreement in New Delhi today.

UNLF agreed to join the mainstream – Home Minister Amit Shah

The home minister said, ”UNLF, Manipur’s oldest valley-based armed group, has agreed to give up violence and join the mainstream. I welcome him to the democratic processes and wish him all the best in his journey on the path of peace and progress.

‘A historic achievement’

In another post, the Home Minister said, “The peace agreement signed today by the Government of India and the Government of Manipur with the UNLF marks the end of a six decade long armed movement. This is a historic achievement towards realizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of inclusive development and providing a better future to the youth in North-East India.

Agreement reached a few days after the group was banned

Let us tell you that The Home Ministry had banned UNLF along with many other extremist organizations. According to HT report, this peace agreement was reached a few days after the ban was imposed. The decision was taken after the Center felt that the organization was involved in attacks and killings on security forces, police and civilians in Manipur as well as activities prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India. The UNLF is the oldest Meitei insurgent group in Manipur, having been formed on November 24, 1964.

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