Centre extends AFSPA in three Arunachal districts for 6 months

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The Central government has extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in three districts of Arunachal Pradesh including Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts from Saturday to 30 March next year, quoting a notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) ANI reported.

In addition, the Government of India has also extended AFSPA in the areas falling within the jurisdiction of Namsai and Mahadevpur police stations in Arunachal Pradesh.

“Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts in Arunachal Pradesh and the areas falling within the jurisdiction of Namsai and Mahadevpur police stations in Namsai district of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering the State of Assam, are declared as ‘disturbed area’ under Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 for a period of six months with effect from October 1, 2022, unless withdrawn earlier,” reads a fresh notification issued by MHA on Friday.

The step has been taken after reviewing the security of these districts of Arunachal Pradesh.

Central Government in the exercise of the powers conferred by Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (28 of 1958) had declared Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts in Arunachal Pradesh and the areas falling within the jurisdiction of Namsai and Mahadevpur police stations in Namsai district of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering the State of Assam, as ‘disturbed area’ for six months from 1 April to 30 September 2022, unless withdrawn earlier, as per the report.

The AFSPA empowers government forces to arrest a person without a warrant and enter or search premises without a warrant along with some other actions. (ANI)

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