Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday informed that the government has decided to reduce the 'Disturbed Areas' under Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in three Northeastern states of Nagaland, Assam and Manipur after decades.
"In a significant step, GoI under the decisive leadership of PM Shri @NarendraModi Ji has decided to reduce disturbed areas under Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the states of Nagaland, Assam and Manipur after decades," the home minister said in a Twitter post.
Amit Shah said that areas under AFSPA has been reduced as a result of improved security situation and fast-tracked development.
"Reduction in areas under AFSPA is a result of the improved security situation and fast-tracked development due to the consistent efforts and several agreements to end insurgency and bring lasting peace in North East by PM @narendramodi government," he said in another tweet.
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Extending gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Union minister congratulated the people of Northeast on the occasion.
"Thanks to PM @NarendraModi Ji’s unwavering commitment, our North-Eastern region, which was neglected for decades is now witnessing a new era of peace, prosperity and unprecedented development. I congratulate the people of North East on this momentous occassion," Shah tweeted.
To realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a peaceful and prosperous Northeast region, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has held dialogue with all the Northeast states on a regular basis. Most of the extremist groups have laid down their arms expressing their faith in the Constitution of India and the policies of the Modi government. About 7,000 militants have surrendered in the last few years, the Union Home Ministry said in a statement.
While AFSPA is being removed completely from 23 districts and partially from one district of Assam from April 1, 2022, as many as 15 police station areas of six districts of Manipur will be excluded from the Disturbed Area Notification from April 1, 2022. In Nagaland, the Disturbed Area Notification is being withdrawn from 15 police stations in seven districts from April 1, 2022.
"Disturbed Area Notification has been in force in Assam since 1990. Due to the significant improvement in the situation after Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister in 2014, now AFSPA is being removed with effect from 01.04.2022 completely from 23 districts and partially from one district of Assam," the ministry stated.
"The Disturbed Area Declaration has been in force in the entire Manipur (except Imphal Municipality area) since 2004. Taking an important step under the leadership of Narendra Modi, 15 police station areas of six districts of Manipur will be excluded from the Disturbed Area Notification with effect from 01.04.2022," it mentioned.
In Manipur, the "Disturbed Area" status under section 3 of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1985 is withdrawn from the 15 police stations, including six withdrawn earlier, with immediate effect from April 1 for a period of one year, said Chief MInister N Biren Singh.
Of the total police stations seven are in Imphal West, four in Imphal East, one each in Thoubal, Bishnupur, Kakching and Jiribam.
The six police stations from where the Disturbed Area tag was withdrawn earlier are Imphal police station, Lamphel, Singjamei, Porompat, city and Heingang.
"The Disturbed Area Notification is in force in the whole of Nagaland from 1995. The Central Government has accepted the recommendation of a committee constituted in this context for withdrawal of AFSPA in a phased manner. The Disturbed Area Notification is being withdrawn from 15 police stations in 7 districts in Nagaland with effect from 01.04.2022," the Home Ministry added.
In 2015, AFSPA was in force in three districts of Arunachal Pradesh, 20 kms belt of Arunachal Pradesh along the Assam border and in 16 police station areas in nine other districts of the state. This has been gradually reduced and the Disturbed Areas Notification, is currently applicable in only three districts and in two police station areas in one other district of Arunachal Pradesh.
First published:31 Mar 2022, 9:11 am
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