Published On: Mon, Apr 23rd, 2018

AFSPA Withdrawn From Meghalaya, Part of Arunachal Pradesh

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After about 27 years the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) has been completely withdrawn from Meghalaya and several parts of Arunachal Pradesh.

AFSPA Withdrawn From Meghalaya, Part of Arunachal Pradesh

AFSPA was deployed in the two states in 1991 after both were declared disturbed as insurgency-related incidents were at the pead then by Assam-based outfits including United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa).

With the deployment of AFSPA the armed forces were given special powers and immunity. From October 1, 2017 all areas falling within ten kilometers belt in Meghalaya bordering Assam were put under AFSPA instead of earlier 20-km range as the situation was seen improving.

Tripura government lifted AFSPA in 2015 following eighteen years of power to military.

However, the AFSPA is still in force in the whole of Assam and Nagaland. In Manipur only the Imphal municipal area is put out of AFSPA. In Arunachal Pradesh still three districts and eight police station areas are under the force.

Insurgency levels are too low in Assam and state government is reviewing to withdraw AFSPA from some areas.

Human rights activists have for long agitating for the withdrawal of AFSPA from the northeastern states and the protest became louder in 2004 after the rape-cum-murder of a Manipuri woman. It was alleged Assam Rifles personnel were involved in the act.

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