In an announcement that can have a huge impact on the Northeast, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the Centre to reduce disturbed areas under Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the states of Nagaland, Assam and Manipur.
“In a significant step, GoI under the decisive leadership of PM Shri @NarendraModi Ji has decided to reduce disturbed areas under Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the states of Nagaland, Assam and Manipur after decades,” Amit Shah tweeted.
Reduction in areas under AFSPA is a result of the improved security situation and fast-tracked development due to the consistent efforts and several agreements to end insurgency and bring lasting peace in North East by PM @narendramodi government,” Shah added.
AFSPA has been an extremely contentious issue in the Northeast, and in the wake of Oting massacre, Nagaland has seen several protests to repeal the Act. Manipur, which went to polls recently, also saw massive protests against AFSPA, with the Nagaland People’s Front, which won 5 seats in the hill regions, making AFSPA repeal one of their main agenda during the polls.
Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga took to Twitter to thank Amit Shah and PM Narendra Modi for the announcement.
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