New Delhi: I a major development towards peace in the northeastern region, the United National Liberation Front (UNLF), the oldest militant group of Manipur, signed a peace agreement with the Central government on Wednesday. The representatives of the UNLF were in New Delhi to sign the ceasefire agreement with the government. Lamjingba Khundongbam, representing UNLF talking to a news agency in New Delhi said, “We have signed a ceasefire agreement with the Government of India today….”
In a post on X, the Union Home Minister Amit Shah said, “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”.
As per the agreement, the UNLF has agreed to give up violence and join the mainstream.
In November, the Central government had declared nine Meitiei extremist organisations including UNLF as unlawful associations for a period of five years.
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh said on X, “The oldest armed group of Manipur has chosen the path of peace, renouncing violence to join the mainstream and embrace democracy.”