The Indian government has extended the ban on two Meitei extremist groups, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the Revolutionary People's Front (RPF), both believed to be involved in insurgent activities with the goal of establishing an independent socialist state in Manipur by separating from India. To assess the legitimacy of the ban, a tribunal has been established under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, to be presided over by a judge from the Gauhati High Court.
Scrutinizing the Ban
The tribunal's key responsibility is to examine the evidence and determine whether the ban on these groups should continue, based on their activities and the threat they pose to India's sovereignty and integrity. The extension of the ban and the formation of the tribunal are calculated moves by the government to maintain the national security and public order in the region.
A Step Towards National Security
The Centre's decision to form a tribunal, comprised of a Gauhati High Court judge, came two weeks after it extended the ban on the Meitei extremist groups for their anti-national activities, including launching fatal attacks on security forces. These actions highlight the government's ongoing commitment to combat insurgency and maintain peace in the region.
The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967
The tribunal, formed under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, will decide whether there is sufficient cause to declare the Manipur Meitei militant organizations, as well as their factions, wings, and front organizations, as 'illegal'. This step marks a significant milestone in the Indian government's effort to curtail separatist movements and maintain the integrity of the nation.