Centre bans 9 Meitei extremist groups in Manipur
PTC News Desk: The government banned nine Meitei extremist groups and their associate organizations, most of which operate in Manipur, on Monday for anti-national activities and launching fatal attacks on security forces.
The People's Liberation Army (PLA) and its political wing, the Revolutionary Peoples' Front (RPF), the United National Liberation Front (UNLF), and its armed wing, the Manipur Peoples' Army (MPA), were declared banned for five years, according to a notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Other groups banned are - the Peoples' Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) and its armed wing Red Army, the Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) and its armed wing (also called the Red Army), the Kanglei Yaol Kanba Lup (KYKL), the Coordination Committee (CorCom) and the Alliance for Socialist Unity Kangleipak (ASUK).
The MHA declared the PLA, UNLF, PREPAK, KCP, and KYKL banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (37 of 1967) years ago, and the latest action extends the ban by five years. The other organizations' declaration as banned is fresh.
The MHA stated in its notification that the central government believes that if the Meitei extremist organizations are not immediately curtailed and controlled, they will seize the opportunity to mobilize their cadres for escalating their secessionist, subversive, terrorist, and violent activities.
- With inputs from agencies