Union minister of state for defence Subhash Bhamre

Itanagar: Union minister of state for defence Subhash Bhamre has clarified that there is no proposal under consideration to discontinue the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in Tirap, Changlang and Longding areas of Arunachal Pradesh.

The minister informed this in Lok Sabha during a question-answer session on Wednesday. Referring to an incident that happened on November 17 at Laptang in Khonsa Circle, the minister said, “During an operation conducted in the area of Laptang in Khonsa circle, an insurgent was apprehended who gave inputs about presence of ‘war like stores’ in three houses in Longkjon village in Londing district.”
As a follow-up to the inputs, the minister said, on November 18-19, an Army team searched the three suspected houses in Longkjon. Bhamre said this in a written reply to a question.

The search operation was conducted in accordance with the laid-down procedures, causing no undue harassment to the locals. After the search operation, a no-objection certificate was obtained from the village elders.

“Based on certain allegations regarding misbehaviour and harassment, the incident was inquired into and villagers have confirmed that there are no complaints against the Army,” he said.

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