Nagaland AFSPA
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Kohima: The Union Home Ministry has extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in Nagaland for another six months, declaring the entire state as a ‘disturbed area’ till the end of December.

The last extension was made in December last year for a period of six months. Through a notification on Wednesday, the Ministry said that the whole of the state of Nagaland is in such a disturbed and dangerous condition that the use of armed forces in aid of the civil power is necessary.

The declaration was made under Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (No.28 of 1958).

The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), 1958 is an act of the Parliament of India that grants special powers to the Indian Armed Forces the power to maintain public order in “disturbed areas”.

In February last year, Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio had said that the state will continue to remain a ‘disturbed area’ under the AFSPA till the Naga political issue is resolved. 

The CM had also said that despite recommendations of the state Cabinet to withdraw the ‘draconian law’, the Central govt continues to extend AFSPA ‘automatically’.

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