AFSPA extended, Assam’s ‘disturbed area’ tag to continue for one more year

Assam is now into its 22nd year of being continuously declared a "disturbed area."

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Updated: January 2, 2015 8:15 pm

The Centre has extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 declaring the entire ‘state of Assam’ as a ‘Disturbed Area’ for another one year beyond November 3 last, a state government release said on Friday.

“The Government of India order dated 4th November, 2014 has extended the earlier notification regarding “Disturbed Areas” under the provisions of Section 3 of the AF (SP) Act 1958 for another one year beyond 03/11/2014 which is presently in force”, the release said.

“The Government of India in exercise of powers under AF(SP) Act, 1958 has also declared, besides other areas, the area falling within 20 km wide belt in the state of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya along their border with the state of Assam as ‘Disturbed Area’,” it said.

“The Government of India extended and issued the notification after due consideration of the law and order situation in the state of Assam due to the violent incidents caused by the underground outfits viz ULFA(I), NDFB(S) and the border areas of the state of Assam by underground outfits like GNLA, KPLT, UALA, ULFA(I), NDFB(S), NSCN(IM) and NSCN(K)”, it said.

The Centre has declared the ‘entire State of Assam’ as a ‘Disturbed area’ under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 with effect from November 11, 1990 vide Notification No.SO.916(E) under provisions of Section 3 of the Act, the release said.

“In the ‘Disturbed Areas’ as declared by the Government of India on yearly basis under the provision of the AF(SP) Act 1958, the Army is empowered to take action for counter Insurgency (CI) operations against the underground (UG) outfits as well as for controlling the violent incidents caused by the UGs which have a direct bearing on the general law and order scenario of the state,” it said.

More inmates leave camps:

Meanwhile, more inmates of the relief camps set up in the wake of militant attack on Adivasi villagers and a few incidents of retaliatory attacks have left for their respective villages, bringing the total number of inmates to 2,08,069 today. Altogether 28,280 persons left the camps today, with the authorities shutting down three more camps.

(With inputs from PTI)

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