Meghaleya Apr 23, 2018
The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) was completely removed from Meghalaya and partially revoked in Arunachal Pradesh by being reduced to eight police stations in the state,
The Act gives special rights and immunity to security forces in carrying out various operations in “disturbed” areas. It gives security personnel the power to search premises and arrest without warrant, to use force even to the extent of causing death.
On 2 April, Centre extended AFSPA in three districts of Arunachal Pradesh and eight police station areas bordering Assam by another six months, PTI said.
According to a notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts of Arunachal Pradesh and eight police stations bordering Assam were declared “disturbed” areas under the AFSPA, 1958.
According to Congress member of Parliament from Arunachal Pradesh Ninong Ering has been opposing the extension of the AFSPA in some parts of the state, saying it was “misused by the army”. Ering said that in the name of the Act, the army “harassed and tortured” villagers.
In February, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti had ruled out revoking the controversial AFSPA in Kashmir “due to the prevailing situation” and asserted that the Indian Army is the “most disciplined” force in the world. ( PTI )