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Assam declared ‘disturbed area’ for another 6 months

DISPUR: The Assam government extended the ”Disturbed Area” status of the state for another six months from August 28 under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, termed by Civil society groups and rights activists in the region as a “draconian” law.

“The Government of Assam in exercise of powers conferred by Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 has declared the entire State of Assam as “Disturbed Area” up to six months with effect from August 28, 2021 unless withdrawn earlier,” read the government’s statement.

The AFSPA is in force in Assam, Nagaland, Manipur (excluding Imphal Municipal Council Area), Changlang, Longding and Tirap districts of Arunachal Pradesh, and areas falling within the jurisdiction of the eight police stations in Arunachal Pradesh, bordering Assam.

The AFSPA empowers security forces to conduct operations anywhere and arrest anyone without any prior warrant.

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