Govt to reduce disturbed areas under AFSPA in Nagaland, Assam, Manipur: Amit Shah | India News

NEW DELHI: The government has decided to reduce the disturbed areas under Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Nagaland, Assam and Manipur.
Union home minister Amit Shah took to Twitter to announce the move. “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,” he tweeted.

Shah said that the reduction in disturbed areas under AFSPA is a result of the improved security situation and fast-tracked development due to the consistent efforts and several agreements to bring lasting peace in the northeast by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In another tweet, the home minister congratulated the people of northeast on this ‘momentous occasion’ and credited PM Modi’s unwavering commitment for unprecedented development in the region.

The Act empowers security forces to conduct operations anywhere and arrest anyone without any prior warrant. Civil society groups and rights activists have been demanding withdrawal of the “draconian law” from the northeast claiming violation of human rights by the armed forces.
The AFSPA has been in force for decades in the three northeastern states to assist the armed forces operating there to tackle insurgency.

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