The insurgent group Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) on Tuesday signed a peace agreement with the Union government and Manipur government.
Under the agreement, the ZUF agreed to give up violence and join the peaceful democratic process. The ZUF is mostly active in Manipur.
In a statement, the Union Home Ministry said fulfilling the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of an 'insurgency-free and prosperous Northeast' and under the guidance of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, the Government of India and the government of Manipur entered into a cessation of operation agreement in New Delhi with ZUF that had been active for more than a decade.
The agreement was signed by senior home ministry officials and the government of Manipur and the representatives of ZUF in presence of Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh.
In yet another milestone , the Government of India & the Government of Manipur signed a ‘Cessation of Operation’ Agreement New Delhi with Zeliangrong United Front that has been active for more than a decade. This will be a significant boost to the peace process in Manipur. pic.twitter.com/8WOFLDSUUD— N.Biren Singh (@NBirenSingh) December 27, 2022
Representatives of the ZUF agreed to abjure violence and join the peaceful democratic process as established by law of the land, the statement said.
The agreement provides for rehabilitation and re-settlement of the armed cadres of ZUF. A joint monitoring group will be constituted to oversee enforcement of the agreed ground rules. This will be a significant boost to the peace process in Manipur, the statement said.
The ZUF represents Zeliangrong people of the Naga tribes. The ZUF is listed as one of the 13 active insurgent group in Manipur by the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP).
(With PTI inputs)