Guwahati: Assam government has extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 for six more months with effect from August 28.
The state has been declared a “disturbed area” on account of recent insurgent attacks on security forces in the Northeast and recovery of illegal arms and ammunition from different areas of Assam, an official statement said.
Many civil societies and social activists have raised concerns against the “draconian” law and have been demanding its withdrawal from the state.
The law has been in effect in Assam from November 1990 and renewed every six months since. The law grants special powers to the state-owned armed forces to search and arrest, right to shoot and kill in counterinsurgency operation with immunity from prosecution.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led state government had extended the act twice last year citing to the National Registry of Citizens (NRC) exercise. However, the final NRC list was published in August last year, but even then the state government extended it once more in February.