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AFSPA ‘disturbed area’ tag extended in 3 dists, 4 PSs in Arunachal for 6 months

ITANAGAR: The Centre has extended the disturbed area tag in three districts of Arunachal Pradesh under Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) for six more months till September 30.

The ministry of home affairs (MHA) has notified Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts along with four police stations — Namsai and Mahadevpur police stations in Namsai district, Roing police station in Lower Dibang Valley district, Sunpura police station in Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh — bordering Assam as “disturbed area”.

In its notification, the ministry has stated: “… the central government in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (28 of 1958) had declared the Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts of Arunachal Pradesh and the area falling within the jurisdiction of four police stations in the districts of Arunachal Pradesh bordering Assam as ‘disturbed area’ vide notification S.O.3449(E) dated 01.10.2020.”

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 “… Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts in Arunachal Pradesh and the areas falling within the jurisdiction of the following four police stations in other districts of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering the State of Assam, are declared as ‘disturbed area’ under Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 up to 30.09.2021 wef 01.04.2021, unless withdrawn earlier,” the ministry added.

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