GOVT. EXTENDS AFSPA IN ARUNACHAL

The Union Govt. on Friday, decided to extend the duration of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) that is currently applied in 3 districts of Arunachal Pradesh. The 6-month extension has rendered these areas ‘disturbed’ in nature due to the continuous activities of illegal insurgent groups.

The AFSPA enables security forces to detain any individual without a warrant, enter and/or search premises without a warrant along some other powers.

The Ministry of Home Affairs’ order has scaled down the restrictions in some areas viz. the Tirap, Changlang, and Longding districts of the state falling under the ambit of two police stations in Arunachal which were previously declared as disturbed under AFSPA.

‎According to a notification issued by MHA, the Tirap, Changlang, and Longding districts in Arunachal Pradesh and the areas falling within the jurisdiction of Namsai and Mahadevpur police stations in Namsai district of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering the State of Assam, are declared as ‘disturbed area’ under Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 from October 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022, unless withdrawn earlier.

Banned insurgent groups National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K), ) and National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) are active in these areas of Arunachal Pradesh.

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