MHA extends AFSPA in 3 districts, 4 police station areas in Arunachal Pradesh

New Delhi, Oct 02: The Ministry of Home Affairs has declared Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts of Arunachal Pradesh as disturbed areas. 

Further the MHA also declared four police stations Namsai and Mahadevpur in Namsai, Roing in Lower DIbang Valley and Sunpura in Lohit district also as disturbed areas under the AFSPA. These would remain under this classification for a period of six months. 

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What is AFSPA and why this act became necessary

AFSPA_Delhi_20111105_2_3New Delhi, Apr 04: The Bharatiya Janata Party has accused the Congress of trying to dilute the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA). Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the Congress was trying to remove the shield for the Indian Army, after the Congress said in its manifesto that it would change some of the provisions in the act.

AFSPA was introduced to give the armed forces the power to maintain public order in disturbed areas.

NRC: Centre extends AFSPA in Assam by 6 months

Guwahati, Aug 30: The government has issued a notification declaring the entire state of Assam as a ‘disturbed area,’ and extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act for six more months.

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Time not ripe to re-think AFSPA says Army Chief Gen Rawat

It is not yet time to re-think on AFSPA, Indian Army Chief, General Bipin Rawat said.

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Assam declared ‘disturbed’ for first time in 27 years

sonowalFor the first time in three decades, Sarbananda Sonowal-led BJP government exercised its power under the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act by declaring the entire state ‘disturbed’ for the period of six months.

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Give us full AFSPA cover to tackle J&K issue: Army tells Centre

armyafspa,jpgAuthority over the central armed police forces, a positive social media outreach programme and full protective cover under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act or AFSPA is what the Indian Army has sought in a bid to restore normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Don’t demoralise the armed forces, overturn AFSPA order: Centre in SC

AFSPA_Delhi_20111105_2_3The Centre sought to overcome a Supreme Court order which had negated the protection against prosecution available to the armed forces personnel under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act. In a curative petition filed, the Centre told the SC if the order is implemented, then it would be difficult to deal with counter-insurgency operations especially in states such as Jammu and Kashmir.

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Divided family, factional fights; will troubles end for Irom Sharmila?

382762-irom-sharmilaImphal, Aug 9: Irom Sharmila will break her 16 year old fast on Tuesday. There is a lot of confusion regarding the kind of reception Sharmila, considered to be a living icon of mass struggle against the Armed Forces Special Protection Act (AFSPA), will get.
A few days back threats of assassination were handed out to her. Now it is very unclear how her family would react as they have been saying that she never consulted them on this decision.

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Unwise to tamper with AFSPA now: Former R&AW officer

There has 

been a renewed cry being made in the aftermath of the Kashmir violence to repeal the Armed Forces Special Protection Act or AFSPA. Complaints that the AFSPA allows for the greater intervention of the Centre have been made several times. The AFSPA gives elevated protection to the armed forces. The act came into force for the first time as the Assam and Manipur Special Powers Act in 1958. Following amendments in 1972 and 1987, it was made applicable to all North Eastern States and later in 1990 it was introduced in Jammu and Kashmir.
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Manipur fake encounter: Time to revisit Justice Hegde commission recommendations

fake-encounter-011The confession of head constable Heojit Singh from Manipur about an encounter that was fake has promoted one to look into the recommendations made by the Supreme Court appointed Justice Santhosh Hegde Commission. Singh had recently confessed that he had shot a member of an insurgent group, Sanjit Meitei at Imphal.
He further stated that he shot him while he was unarmed. His confessions make it clear that the encounter was fake. This brings us to discussing the recommendations that were made by the Justice Hegde commission in 2013.

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