Arunachal Pradesh: The central government on Friday, April 1, extended the ambit of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in three districts of Arunachal Pradesh and the areas falling within the jurisdiction of two police stations bordering Assam by another six months and declared them as a disturbed area.
According to a notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Friday, Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts of Arunachal Pradesh and areas falling within the jurisdiction of Namsai and Mahadevpur police ‘stations in Namsai district of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering the Assam were declared ‘disturbed area under the AFSPA.
This development comes after the Centre on Thursday decided to reduce the disturbed areas under Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Nagaland, Assam and Manipur after decades.
According to the MHA, the improvement in the security situation in the northeast has resulted in a significant step by the government to reduce the disturbed areas under AFSPA in Nagaland, Assam and Manipur.
In Assam, where Disturbed Area Notification has been in force since 1990, the AFSPA is being removed with effect from April 1, 2022, completely from 23 districts and partially from one district.
Fifteen police station areas of the six districts of Manipur will be excluded from the purview of the Act from April 1.
In Nagaland, the Centre has accepted the recommendation of a high-level committee formed in the aftermath of the Mon killing to withdraw AFSPA in a phased manner, a Home Ministry release said.
The Disturbed Area Notification is being withdrawn from 15 police stations in seven districts in Nagaland with effect from April 1.
The decision invited positive response from the locals as well the opposition.
While Deputy Speaker of Assam Legislative Assembly, Dr Numal Momin termed it the “biggest success to bring peace to Northeast”, All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) MLA Mazibur Rahman said a peaceful environment has now been placed in Assam and other parts of the North-Eastern region.