DIMAPUR, JUNE 30: The Government of India has extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in Nagaland for another 6 months by declaring the State as “disturbed area”. AFSPA will now remain in effect till December 31, 2021 in Nagaland.
The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act grants sweeping powers to security forces operating in parts of India where insurgency is not uncommon.
The declaration of Nagaland as “disturbed area” comes despite the State Government’s claim that there is “relative peace” in the State. But the Centre appears to have a different read on the situation prevalent in Nagaland.
“Whereas the Central Government is of the opinion that the area comprising 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”, said a MHA notification issued today.
The decision to extend AFSPA comes less than 24 hours after Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio met Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi.
“Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 the Central Government hereby declares the whole of the State of Nagaland to be ‘disturbed area’ for a period of 6 months with effect from 30th June 2021 for the purpose of the said Act”, the notification said.
Last year in December, the Central Government had extended AFSPA in Nagaland for 6 more months. The MHA, in its notification at the time, had declared all of Nagaland a “disturbed area”.
In Nagaland, AFSPA has been in effect for several decades now. (Page News Service)