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AFSPA to be reduced in Nagaland, Assam and Manipur: Amit Shah

New Delhi, March 31 (Agency)Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday announced that after decades, the disturbed areas covered under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Nagaland, Assam and Manipur are being reduced. A Home Ministry spokesperson said that this decision does not mean that AFSPA is being completely removed from these militancy-affected states, but the law will remain in force in some areas of the three states. “In a significant step, the Government of India under the decisive leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to reduce the disturbed areas covered under Armed Forces Special Powers Act after decades in Nagaland, Assam and Manipur,” Shah tweeted. “Our Northeast region, which has been neglected for decades due to the unwavering commitment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is now witnessing peace, prosperity and unprecedented development. I congratulate the people of the Northeast on this important occasion.

AFSPA has been in force for decades in these three northeastern states, aimed at assisting the security forces deployed to combat insurgency in the region. AFSPA empowers security forces to conduct operations and arrest anyone without a warrant, and also provides protection from arrest and prosecution if someone is killed by security forces firing. The so-called “stringent” provisions of the law have led to protests across the Northeast and Jammu and Kashmir for its complete removal.

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