The Ministry of Home Affairs has taken back its order to impose Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) 1958 in all districts of Arunachal Pradesh.
The order extending AFSPA to all districts of the state, which was issued in March, had led to sharp criticism from Chief Minister Nabam Tuki. The Chief Minister spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh and asked him to revoke the decision.
The home ministry had explained that AFSPA was only being extended to 20 km in all the bordering districts of Arunachal with Assam.
The move was taken to curb the movement of NDFB (S) militants who were taking advantage of the inter-state border.
In the latest notification issued on May 5, the Home Ministry said that AFSPA will be implemented in nine police stations bordering Assam and the order would be reviewed after six months.