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UNLF, Manipur’s Oldest Armed Group, Renounces Violence and Signs Agreement

In a significant development, the United National Liberation Front (UNLF), the oldest militant group in Manipur, has agreed to renounce violence and signed a peace agreement with the Indian government. The announcement was made by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who lauded the achievement as a historic milestone in the pursuit of permanent peace in the Northeast.

In a post on X (formerly Twitter), Shah stated, “A historic milestone achieved!!! Modi govt’s relentless efforts to establish permanent peace in the Northeast have added a new chapter of fulfilment as the United National Liberation Front (UNLF) signed a peace agreement, today in New Delhi.”

The UNLF, a valley-based armed group founded on November 24, 1964, by Areambam Samrendra Singh, has been a prominent player in Manipur’s insurgency landscape. In the 70s and 80s, the group focused on mobilization and recruitment efforts. However, in 1990, it shifted its strategy and decided to launch an armed struggle for the ‘liberation’ of Manipur from India, forming an armed wing called Manipur People’s Army (MPA).

The peace agreement comes shortly after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) banned the UNLF, along with several other extremist organizations. The decision to ban these groups was prompted by their involvement in attacks on security forces, police, and civilians in Manipur, as well as activities deemed prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India.

Following the signing of the peace agreement, members of the UNLF, previously considered a banned group, are now set to renounce violence and participate in mainstream democratic processes. Home Minister Amit Shah welcomed this development, expressing his optimism for the group’s journey on the path of peace and progress.

The successful resolution with UNLF marks a crucial step towards stability in Manipur and reflects the government’s commitment to addressing longstanding issues through diplomatic means.

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