• AFSPA In Nagaland Extended For 6 More Months

    This decision came days after it formed a panel to review AFSPA in the State

    The Centre on Thursday extended the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) for another six months in Nagaland and declared the entire state as a ‘disturbed area’.

    Extending the Act till June 30, 2022, the Centre stated Nagaland is in a "disturbed and dangerous condition” that it necessitates the use of armed forces in aid of civil power.

    The AFSPA gives sweeping powers to the military to operate freely anywhere that has been declared a "disturbed area"; no military personnel in an area where AFSPA is in force can be persecuted without the centre's sanction.

    Currently, the army is conducting a court of inquiry into an ambush that went wrong on December 4, killing several civilians. 

    This decision came days after it formed a panel to review AFSPA in the State. However, the Centre made the declaration stating that the state's “disturbed and dangerous conditions” requires the use of AFSPA, in aid of civil power.

    A five-member committee has been formed under top bureaucrat Vivek Joshi to look into the withdrawal of the AFSPA in Nagaland.

    It is to be mentioned that the army has also agreed to give access to Nagaland's Special Investigation Team, or SIT, to record the statements of soldiers who were involved in the ambush on December 4 and it is expected to submit its report next month.
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