Northeast AFSPA: Due to an improvement in the security situation, the Centre has reduced the number of areas in Assam, Nagaland, and Manipur that have been declared disturbed areas under the AFSPA, Union home minister Amit Shah said on Twitter on Saturday.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday for further reducing areas covered by the AFSPA of 1958 in Assam, Manipur, and Nagaland.
The prime minister’s continuous prioritisation of historical legacy issues of the Ashta-Lakshmi (eight north eastern) states over the last nine years is now paying off handsomely, according to Mr Sarma.
Another chapter added in the story of building a peaceful North East!
Modi govt’s efforts towards ensuring peace and ending insurgency result in decreased ‘disturbed areas’ under the AFSPA. pic.twitter.com/DBkuIxlKzJ
— BJP (@BJP4India) March 25, 2023
Due to an improvement in the security situation, the central government has reduced the number of areas in Assam, Nagaland, and Manipur that have been declared disturbed areas under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), Union home minister Amit Shah said on Twitter on Saturday.
AFSPA was removed from one more district, four police station jurisdictions in Manipur, and three police station areas in Nagaland, according to separate notifications issued by the home ministry on Friday evening. Previously, AFSPA was repealed in a large number of districts in the north east on April 1, 2022.
What is AFSPA in Northeast?
The disturbed area notification system has been in place in Assam since 1990. According to unnamed officials, the disturbed area tag was removed from the entire state of Assam, except nine districts and one subdivision of one district, on April 1, last year, as a result of the improved security situation. It is now restricted to just eight districts in Assam.
Except for the Imphal municipality area, the entire state of Manipur was declared a disturbed area in 2004, and it has remained in effect since then. On April 1, 2022, the AFSPA was lifted from 15 police station areas in six districts.
The disturbed area tag has now been removed from a total of 19 police station areas in seven districts of the state, with the removal of AFSPA from areas falling under four other police station areas taking effect on April 1, 2023.