New Delhi: As many as eight Meitei extremist organisations which are active in Manipur have been banned by the Ministry of Home Affairs for another five years for their continuous involvement in unlawful and violent activities.Also Read - Tripura Police Book Two Journalists For Instigating Communal Enmity in State, Asked To Appear On This Date
The organisations banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act are, Peoples’ Liberation Army generally known as PLA and its political wing, Revolutionary Peoples’ Front (RPF), United National Liberation Front (UNLF) and its armed wing Manipur Peoples’ Army (MPA), Peoples’ Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) and its armed wing, ‘Red Army’, Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) and its armed wing, also called ‘Red Army’, Kanglei Yaol Kanba Lup (KYKL), the Coordination Committee (CorCom) and Alliance for Socialist Unity Kangleipak (ASUK), as per a notification issued by the Home Ministry. Also Read - 15 Heavily Armed Militants Involved in 'Well-Planned' Manipur Ambush: Initial Probe
Meanwhile, the central government, in its notification, said, “if the unlawful activities of the extremist groups are not curbed they will mobilise their cadres for escalating their secessionist, terrorist and violent activities.” The government further said, “The central government is of the opinion that the activities of the Meitei extremist organisations are considered detrimental to the sovereignty and integrity of India and that they are unlawful associations.” Also Read - Attackers Came From Myanmar Border, Operation Launched to Nab Culprits: Manipur CM on Ambush
The Home Ministry said the eight Meitei extremist organisations of Manipur were involved in 756 violent incidents in the past five years from January 1, 2013, to July 31, 2018, during which they killed at least 86 people, including 35 security forces personnel.
These rebel groups were also indulging in civilian killings and targeting of the police and security personnel; procuring and inducting illegal arms and ammunition from across the international border; extorting and collecting huge funds from the public for their unlawful activities, it said.