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Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) Withdrawn From Parts of Manipur, Assam and Nagaland, After Decades

Lawstreet Journal 6 Apr 2022 3:31am

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The AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Power Act), 1958, got withdrawn from large parts of Nagaland, Assam, Manipur after decades. The AFSPA allows security forces to conduct operations and arrest anyone without any prior warrant besides giving immunity from arrest and prosecution to the security forces if they shoot someone dead. These powers have been conferred to Army personals in order to combat any insurgency or related issues faced by them in National Security concerns.  There have been repeated protests for the complete withdrawal of AFSPA from the Northeast as well as Jammu and Kashmir for its alleged “draconian” provisions.

 In December 2021, 14 civilians had been killed by the army in a case of “mistaken identity”. 

The decision was taken three months after the Central Government constituted a High-Level Committee in order to examine the possibility of withdrawing the AFSPA, in Nagaland. The central government accepted the recommendation of this Committee towards the withdrawal of AFSPA in a phase wise manner. The disturbed area notification got withdrawn from 15 police stations in 7 districts in Nagaland.

The AFSPA, 1958 has been in force in these states for several decades now, to assist the armed forces operating there to tackle insurgency.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, last week, had announced reduction of the disturbed areas imposed under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), 1958, in Nagaland, Assam and Manipur from April 1 after necessary intervention. 

The home minister attributed this revocation to the improved security situation and fast-tracked development… Continue Reading...

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