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Number of ‘disturbed areas’ in Nagaland, Assam & Manipur reduced

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, MARCH 25: Keeping in view the significant improvement in the security situation in Northeast India, the Centre on Saturday announced a further reduction in the number of disturbed areas covered under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Nagaland, Assam and Manipur from April 1, 2023.
The Ministry of Home Affairs, in a press release, said the decision was taken due to the effective steps taken by the Central Government, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which have resulted in significant improvement in the security situation in NE States besides an increase in the pace of development.
It said compared to the year 2014, there is a reduction of 76% in extremist incidents in the year 2022. Similarly, deaths of security personnel and civilians have come down by 90% and 97% respectively during this period.
The MHA said after decades the Government of India had reduced disturbed areas under Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Nagaland, Assam and Manipur from April 2022. Taking another important decision today, again from April 1, 2023, disturbed areas under AFSPA in these 3 States are being further reduced, it said.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said prioritizing the security, peace and development of the NE was done for the first time under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as a result of which, the region today is rapidly heading on the path of peace and development.
The MHA informed that several peace accords were implemented in the Northeastern States in the last 4 years, as a result of which most of the extremists groups expressing faith in the Constitution of the country and the policies of the Government have laid down their arms and became partners in the peace and development of the NE. From 2014 till now around 7000 insurgents have surrendered.
“Prime Minister Modi is determined to make the entire Northeast region insurgency free, in this regard the Central Government has been in constant dialogue with the State Governments and other stakeholders. Due to improvement in the security situation by the Modi Government, the disturbed area notification under AFSPA was completely withdrawn from Tripura in 2015 and Meghalaya in 2018”, it said.
The Disturbed Areas Notification, in force since 1990 in the whole of Assam, were removed with effect from April 1, 2022 from the entire State of Assam except 9 districts and 1 Sub-Division of another district, and from April 1, 2023 it has been reduced to only 8 districts.
Disturbed area declaration under AFSPA in Manipur (except Imphal Municipality area) was in operation since 2004. 15 police station areas of 6 districts were taken out of the disturbed area notification from April 1, 2022, and from April 1, 2023 the disturbed area notification under AFSPA is being withdrawn from 4 other police station. Thus, 19 police stations in 7 districts of Manipur have been removed from the disturbed area notification under AFSPA.
The Disturbed Areas Notification was applicable in the whole of Nagaland from 1995. Following the recommendation of the committee constituted in this context to remove AFSPA in a phased manner, the disturbed area notification was withdrawn from 15 police stations of 7 districts with effect from April 1, 2022. It is further being withdrawn from 3 other police stations with effect from April 1, 2023. Therefore, a total of 18 police stations in 8 districts of Nagaland are being removed from the disturbed area notification under AFSPA, it said.
(Page News Service)

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