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Abheet Singh Sethi


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Indian army soldiers carry a coffin containing the body of their colleague Sat Pal Bhasin, one of 18 soldiers killed during a terrorist ambush in Manipur on June 4, 2015. India’s northeastern states are now the most unsafe conflict theatre for security forces with 41 deaths this year. These states accounted for 23 deaths of security personnel in 2014, according to data compiled by the South Asia Terrorism Portal. Eighteen Indian army soldiers were killed and 11 injured in Manipur’s Chandel district in a terrorist ambush on June 4, 2015, the worst-such attack in two decades. Source: South Asia Terrorism

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Ten days after a special law protecting army personnel from prosecution was promulgated in new areas  of Arunachal Pradesh, 12 soldiers have been accused of groping and sexually harassing three women in the state’s most populous district. The act raises fears of a new cycle of violence in Arunachal—previously witnessed in Jammu and Kashmir, and Manipur—where the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) is now in force in 12 of 14 districts declared “disturbed areas”, to help the army combat two major insurgent groups. Of the 38 requests made to the Centre for prosecution of army personnel between 1991 and