According to a home ministry notification, released October 1, Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts of Arunachal Pradesh and eight police stations bordering Assam were declared "disturbed" areas under AFSPA, 1958.
The top brass of the Army held a detailed deliberation last month to look at recalibration of operations since there appears to be a "manifested caution" being exercised because of the directives of the court on AFSPA-related cases, sources said.
These Army personnel, including four officers, 24 Junior Commissioned Officers and 79 Other Ranks, are part of the 26 Mechanised Infantry Battalion of which Colonel Vijay Singh Balhara is the Commanding Officer.
The original petition and the fresh application come in the wake of a two-judge bench of the apex court asking an SIT constituted under the CBI to file chargesheets against security personnel over alleged fake encounters in Manipur.
The petitioners have challenged the registration of an FIR against them for operations where AFSPA is in force. Representing the petitioners, Advocate Aishwarya Bhati said “military operations in border areas will suffer” if a probe is conducted.
The Manipur valley area was declared a disturbed and dangerous area under the Armed Forces (Manipur and Nagaland) Act and the army was called out to assist the civil administration in dealing with the law and order situation.
Manipuri police re-arrested 42-year-old anti-AFSPA activist Irom Sharmila after taking her away from a protest site. She had been without any kind of nutrition since the time she had been released Wednesday evening.
Modi also spoke about reduced instances of violence in northeast India and gave credit to the Army, Centre and state governments for repealing of AFSPA in Tripura, Meghalaya and parts of Arunachal Pradesh.
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