The Centre has declared entire Assam as a "disturbed" area under the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) for one more month, citing various violent activities by insurgent groups ULFA, NDFB, and others.
In separate gazette notifications, the home ministry said the entire Assam, has been declared "disturbed" under the AFSPA with effect from August 3 till August 31.
It has also declared as "disturbed" under the AFSPA three districts of Arunachal Pradesh -- Tirap, Changlang and Longding - and areas falling within the jurisdiction of 14 police stations in nine other districts of the state with effect from August 4 to September 30.
The 14 police stations fall under the districts of Papumpare, West Siang, East Siang, Lower Dibang Valley, East Kameng, West Kameng, Namsai, Lohit district, Lower Subansiri in Arunachal Pradesh.
A home ministry official said there were 75 incidents of violence in Assam in 2016 in which 33 people, including four security personnel, were killed and 14 others were abducted.
The violence were perpetrated in Assam by insurgent groups like ULFA, NDFB and others, the official said.
AFSPA has been continuing in Assam since November 1990.
The official said continuing violence perpetrated by NSCN(IM), NSCN(K), ULFA, NDFB, and others were key reasons for continuing with AFSPA in Arunachal Pradesh.
The AFSPA has been in force in the three Arunachal Pradesh districts of Tirap, Changlang and Longding since January, 2016.
Meghalaya too has been witnessing violence by ULFA, NDFB militants in the recent past.