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Center extends ‘disturbed area’ label in Nagaland for 6 more months


On Wednesday, the central government extended its label “disturbed area” in Nagaland for an additional six months, promoting the continuation of the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), which empowers security forces to conduct operations. anywhere and arrest anyone without a prior warrant. and open fire if it is considered “necessary for the maintenance of public order.”

The law, denounced by various Naga civil organizations as “draconian”, has been in force in the state for several decades and is extended every six months.

The Ministry of the Interior (MHA) issued a notification on Wednesday that the central government believes that the area comprising the whole of Nagaland is in a “disturbed and dangerous condition” that necessitates the use of the armed forces in aid of power. civil. .

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Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958 (No. 28 of 1958), the central government hereby declares the entire State of Nagaland as a “disturbed area” for a period of six months as of December 30, 2020 for the purposes of said Law, ”the notification indicates.

The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) was not withdrawn even after the central government entered into peace talks with Naga nationalist groups, in particular the “framework agreement” that was signed between the Nagaland National Socialist Council ( NSCN) led by Isak-Muivah. -IM) and the government of India on August 3, 2015.

The order to maintain the status quo in Nagaland regarding AFSPA coverage comes in the context of reports that the peace talks are in a final stage.

There was no official reaction available on the matter.

Hindustan Times