Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts in Arunachal Pradesh and the areas falling within the jurisdiction of Namsai and Mahadevpur police stations in Arunachal Pradesh, are declared as 'disturbed area' under Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958.
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The Centre is of the opinion that AFSPA is necessary as the whole of Nagaland is in a ‘disturbed and dangerous condition’
'The central government is in peace negotiations with almost all groups of the Northeast including the ULFA and the major ones', says Bhalla.
Human rights activists highlight the Army’s repeated ‘misuse’ of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), demand accountability.
After three persons were killed in an encounter in Shopian on July 18, who the Army said were unknown terrorists, some families from Rajouri claimed those killed were their kin.
The Mizoram government alleged that senior officers of Assam Rifles skipped the state-level Independence Day celebration after the administration issued a Warrant of Precedence (WOP) on August 11, placing the paramilitary force's brigadier stationed in Mizoram at par with the secretary to the state government, chief conservator of forests, district and sessions judge and deputy commissioners.
The Home Ministry said the central government is of the opinion that the area comprising the whole state of Nagaland is in such a disturbed and dangerous condition that the use of armed forces in aid of civil power is necessary.
In the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, the state government was empowered to declare a particular area "disturbed" under AFSPA.
AFSPA empowers security forces to conduct operations, arrest anyone anywhere without prior notice. The act has been continuing in Assam since November 1990.
The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act has been in force in Nagaland for several decades.
Having seen the worst of the sufferings, filmmaker and actor Rajni Basumatary said the draconian law is unnecessary and should be repealed.
Suspected NSCN militants on Tuesday gunned down sitting MLA and National People's Party (NPP) candidate for the state assembly polls, Tirong Aboh, and 10 others, including his son, in Tirap district in eastern Arunachal Pradesh.
While the ruling BJP said it would compromise national security, Congress hit back saying if amending AFSPA was anti-national, why did the government withdraw it from Tripura, Meghalaya and some districts of Arunachal Pradesh.
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Meanwhile, the bench said that two separate petitions related to Manipur fake encounter cases will be heard on September 4.
The plea said the registration of FIR and prosecution of Army personnel was against the provisions of AFSPA.
An “overwhelming support” from the Mehbooba government for revocation of AFSPA surprises Manipur’s iron lady on her first J&K visit
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