AFSPA to be removed from three North-East areas: Amit Shah

AFSPA to be removed from three North-East areas: Amit Shah( Source: The Statesman)
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Dharamjot Kaur

The controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) has been abolished by the Central Government in various districts of Nagaland, Manipur, and Assam. The repeal will go into effect on April 1, 2022.

In a tweet, Union Home Minister stated that  GoI under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to reduce disturbed areas under the Armed Forces and Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the states of Nagaland, Assam, and Manipur after decades.

Shah further stated that the reduction in AFSPA regions is a result of enhanced security and rapid growth as a result of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s relentless efforts and many agreements to end insurgency and bring sustainable peace to the Northeast.

According to the recent release from the Press Information Bureau, AFSPA will be removed in 23 districts in Assam, and 1 district will see only partial removal. In Manipur, six districts, which include 15 police stations, will see the removal of Disturbed Area Notification, as governed under the laws of AFSPA. Similarly, in Nagaland, the Center accepted the recommendation of the formation of a high-level committee, on the basis of whose suggestion, Disturbed Area Notification is being removed from seven districts.

The Chief Ministers of all three states welcomed the move whole-heartedly and tweeted about their positive response to the Center’s decision. On December 26, the Centre had set up a high-level committee to examine the possibility of withdrawing AFSPA in Nagaland. The committee was given a deadline of three months to come up with plausible suggestions and best-course outcomes.

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