Kohima, January 2, 2018: The state of Nagaland has been declared as “disturbed area” for six more months till June-end under the controversial AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Acts ), which empowers security forces to conduct operations anywhere and arrest anyone without any prior notice.
In a gazette notification, the Union Home Ministry said that it is of the opinion that the area comprising the whole of Nagaland is in such a “disturbed and dangerous condition” that use of armed forces in aid of the civil power is necessary.
“Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (No. 28 of 1958), the central government hereby declares that whole of the said State to be a ‘disturbed area’ for a period of six months with effect from December 30, 2017 for the purpose of that Act,” the notification said.
A home ministry official said that the decision to continue the declaration of Nagaland as “disturbed area” is because of killings, loot and extortion prevailing across the state.
The AFSPA has been in operation in Nagaland for several decades and has not yet been withdrawn even after a framework agreement was signed on August 3, 2015 between Naga insurgent group NSCN-IM general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah and the government’s interlocutor R. N. Ravi in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
The framework agreement came after over 80 rounds of negotiations spanning 18 years with the first breakthrough in 1997 when the ceasefire agreement was sealed after decades of insurgency in Nagaland.
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TNT News with inputs from The Hindu