Nagaland has been under AFSPA for decades now Credit: Representational image

Kohima: The central government has declared the entire state of Nagaland as a “disturbed area” for a period of six more months till December. Nagaland was last declared a “disturbed area” on December 30 last year.

A notification issued by the Home Ministry on Tuesday said that the central government is of the opinion that the area comprising the whole Nagaland is in such a disturbed and dangerous condition that the use of armed forces in aid of the civil power is necessary.

“Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (No. 28 of 1958) the central government hereby declares that whole of the said State to be a ”disturbed area” for a period of six months with effect from 30th June, 2020 for the purpose of that Act,” the home ministry said.

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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”.

The AFSPA has been in force in Nagaland for decades. It was not been withdrawn even after a framework agreement was signed on August 3, 2015 by Naga insurgent group NSCN-IM general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah and government interlocutor RN Ravi in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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