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Centre Extends AFSPA in Nagaland Amid Ongoing Security Concerns

Eight Districts and Multiple Police Stations Designated as 'Disturbed Areas'.

By: Team Pardaphash  Pardaphash Group
Centre Extends AFSPA in Nagaland Amid Ongoing Security Concerns

New Delhi : In response to persisting security challenges, the Central government has opted to extend the application of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) in Nagaland. The decision, aimed at maintaining public order and safeguarding against potential threats, entails the designation of eight districts and 21 police stations across five additional districts as ‘disturbed areas’. This extension, effective until September 30, 2024, underscores the ongoing security imperatives necessitating heightened vigilance in the region.

Extension Details:

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued a notification on Wednesday (March 27), formalizing the extension of AFSPA in the designated regions of Nagaland.

The following districts and police stations have been identified for the continuation of AFSPA:

Dimapur, Niuland, Chumoukedima, Mon, Kiphire, Noklak, Phek, and Peren districts
Khuzama, Kohima North, Kohima South, Zubza, and Kezocha police stations in Kohima district
Mangkolemba, Mokokchung-I, Longtho, Tuli, Longchem, and Anaki ‘C’ police stations in Mokokchung district
Yanglok police station in Longleng district
Bhandari, Champang, and Ralan police stations in Wokha district
Ghatashi, Pughoboto, Satakha, Suruhuto, Zunheboto, and Aghunato police stations in Zunheboto district.

Rationale and Historical Context:

The decision to extend AFSPA in Nagaland follows a comprehensive review of the prevailing law and order situation in the region.
AFSPA empowers armed forces personnel deployed in disturbed areas with expansive authority to conduct operations deemed necessary for maintaining public order, including search, arrest, and the use of force if warranted.
This measure underscores the government’s commitment to bolstering security measures and addressing potential threats to peace and stability in Nagaland.

Notably, a similar extension was implemented last year, demonstrating the continued imperative of heightened security protocols in specific regions of Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.

Significance of AFSPA:

AFSPA plays a pivotal role in facilitating the operations of armed forces personnel in regions grappling with security challenges.

By designating an area or district as disturbed under AFSPA, the government aims to empower security forces to effectively counter threats and ensure the safety and well-being of residents.

The AFSPA grants extensive powers to armed forces personnel deployed in disturbed areas, empowering them to conduct searches, make arrests, and even open fire if deemed necessary for maintaining public order. The designation of an area or district as “disturbed” under AFSPA facilitates the operational effectiveness of the armed forces.

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