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Amit Shah announces reduction in disturbed areas under AFSPA in Nagaland, Assam, Manipur

Union Home Minister Amit Shah today announced that disturbed areas under the AFSPA in Nagaland, Assam and Manipur will be reduced

Amit Shah announces reduction in disturbed areas under AFSPA in Nagaland, Assam, Manipur
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Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday (March 31) announced that disturbed areas under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in Nagaland, Assam and Manipur will be reduced.

Announcing the decision, Shah in a series of tweets called it a "momentous occasion" that resulted due to improved security situation and fast-tracked development in the Northeast.

Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi's unwavering commitment, Shah said the North-Eastern region, which was "neglected for decades is now witnessing a new era of peace, prosperity and unprecedented development."

As per PTI, a home ministry spokesperson has clarified that the decision does not imply that the AFSPA has been completely repealed from these three states but will continue to be in force in some areas of the insurgency-afflicted states.

The AFSPA has been in place for decades in the three Northeastern states empowering security forces to conduct operations and arrest anyone without any prior warrant. It also gives immunity from arrest and prosecution to the security forces if they shoot someone dead.

Due to these draconian provisions, there have been many protests and demands for the complete withdrawal of the law.

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