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Ahead of polls, Assam government extends AFSPA for another six months

The Assam government on Wednesday extended the existing 'disturbed area' status of the state for another six months from February 27 under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA).

Assam | AFSPA | Elections

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

Jagdish Mukhi
Jagdish Mukhi

The government on Wednesday

extended the existing 'disturbed area' status of the state for another six months from February 27 under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA).

"As per powers conferred under section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, the Governor of has declared the entire state of as 'disturbed area' upto 6 (six) months beyond 27/02/2021, unless withdrawn earlier", according to an official release issued here.

The release did not cite any particular reason for the extension, but sources said that it was in view of the assembly due in April-May and recovery of arms and ammunitions from some parts of the state.

The was imposed in Assam in November 1990 and has been extended every six months since then after a review by the state government.

In the North East, the 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 of districts in Arunachal Pradesh bordering Assam.

Civil society groups and rights activists in the region have been demanding withdrawal of the alleged 'draconian' law from the northeastern states where it has been imposed.

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First Published: Wed, February 24 2021. 22:23 IST