AFSPA extended in three districts of Arunachal Pradesh for six months

Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts of Arunachal Pradesh were declared as 'disturbed area' for six months from 1 April to 30 September 2022 earlier this year

Asian News International October 01, 2022 09:26:12 IST
AFSPA extended in three districts of Arunachal Pradesh for six months

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New Delhi: The Central government has extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in three districts of Arunachal Pradesh including Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts from 1 October 2022 to 30 March 2023, according to a notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs

In addition, the Government of India has also extended AFSPA in the areas falling within the jurisdiction of Namsai and Mahadevpur police stations in Arunachal Pradesh.

“Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts in Arunachal Pradesh and the areas falling within the jurisdiction of Namsai and Mahadevpur police stations in Namsai district of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering the State of Assam, are declared as ‘disturbed area’ under Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 for a period of six months with effect from 1 October 2022, unless withdrawn earlier,” reads a fresh notification issued by MHA on Friday.

The step has been taken after reviewing the security of these districts of Arunachal Pradesh.

Earlier this year the Central had declared Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts in Arunachal Pradesh and the areas falling within the jurisdiction of Namsai and Mahadevpur police stations in Namsai district of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering the State of Assam, as ‘disturbed area’ for six months from 1 April to 30 September 2022.

The AFSPA empowers security forces to arrest a person without a warrant and enter or search premises without a warrant along with some other actions.

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